Cancellations and closures due to COVID-19

The following are events, businesses and organizations that have been cancelled, postponed, closed, or have altered their operations in some way. We will continue to update this page as more announcements are made.

• Closures and limitations under Manitoba's state of emergency: Limiting ALL public gatherings of 50 or more; retail and transportation businesses MUST ensure one to two metres of distance between customers; limiting hospitality and entertainment venues to a 50 per cent or 50 person capacity, whichever is less; immediate closure of all bingo and gaming events; immediate closure of all wellness facilities (i.e. gyms, fitness centres, etc.). 

• Child Care Centres: "Suspending services at licensed child-care centres, effective end-of-day Friday, March 20; recommending parents with children in these centres begin to make alternet arrangements as soon as possible; continuing to allow home-based child-care providers to operate; creating dedicated child-care options for front-line essential services staff who need them."

• Casinos: "All casinos will close effective midnight tonight, March 17."

• Visitations: "Public health officials are recommending the immediate suspension of visitors in long-term care facilities across Manitoba. Exceptions for compassionate reasons or end of life will be made on a cas-by-case-basis."

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Government of Manitoba COVID-19 bulletin #31

Manitoba Media Bulletin

COVID-19 Bulletin #31

March 25, 2020

Public health officials advise 14 additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 35 at this time.

Case information includes:

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Province launches online tool to connect volunteers safely with Manitobans needing assistance

Manitoba News Release

March 23, 2020

Made-in-Manitoba Website Application Demonstrates Teamwork, Technological Innovation, Community Spirit: Premier

The generosity and innovation of Manitobans to help those in need of assistance is displayed in the new web, Premier Brian Pallister announced today immediately after the online tool went live.

"This new online tool captures the spirit of our province, where Manitobans in communities across our province can always be counted on to step up to assist others who need help, especially in times of need," said Pallister. "The innovative tool, created by Manitobans for Manitobans, puts people all over the province who need assistance easily in contact with those nearby while adhering to social distancing protocols - who want to help them."

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Manitoba declares a state of emergency

By Banner & Press Staff

Manitoba premier Brian Pallister has declared a state of emergency for the province. The decision was announced during a morning media conference in Winnipeg on Friday, Mar. 20. Pallister said that this declaration, which does fall under The Emergency Measures Act, hasn’t been made lightly.


“We must continue to use every tool available to ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our communities and our health-care system,” said Pallister. “Our government is focused solely on the health and safety of all Manitobans. This move will enable us to react more quickly on a broad range of supportive measures to stop the spread for COVID-19 and ensure that essential services are available for all Manitobans during this global health pandemic.”


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Important points from Mar. 19 provincial COVID-19 press conference

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Each day, I’ve been taking part in the Provincial government’s COVID-19 press conferences. In conjunction with the conferences, the Province issues media releases, but here are some additional take aways from the Mar. 19 conference.

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