COVID-19 Updates
Province of Manitoba Seeking Input On Next Round of Re-Opening
Karen Viveiros, Director of Communication and Policy, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, February 25, 2021

The Manitoba government is asking for public feedback on possible changes to the public health orders, while continuing to monitor COVID-19 variants of concerns and protecting the health-care system, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.

Proposed changes for the entire province will be considered for implementation in two phases over a six-week period, beginning as early as March 5/2021 and again on March 26/2021. The following changes under consideration include:

households and gatherings:
  • allowing households the choice of continuing to designate two visitors to their home, or to designate a second household to visit each other, as long as everyone in the house has authorized those designated individuals to visit and families would have to choose either the two-person option or the additional household option;
  • increasing gathering limits at an outdoor place to 10 people including for outdoor non-organized sport or recreation activities; and
  • increasing the capacity size at places of worship for regular religious services to 25 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower, with physical distancing measures in place and mask requirements.

business, retail and restaurants:
  • enabling any type of business to be able to operate with the exception of indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casino and bingo halls;
  • expanding the capacity limits for retail stores, malls and personal services to up to 50 per cent capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect;
  • expanding restaurants and licensed premises to up to 50 per cent capacity with requirements to still only sit with members of your household and with other public health measures still in effect;
  • allowing businesses to resume operating video lottery terminals, with physical distancing measures and barriers in place; and
  • allowing professional theatre groups, dance companies, symphonies or operas to resume rehearsals as long as rehearsals are not accessible to members of the public.

recreation and fitness:
  • allowing day camps for children to operate at 25 per cent capacity with a maximum group size of 50, with other public health measures in place;
  • allowing indoor recreation and sporting facilities, such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open for individual use and group instruction and practices only, with public health measures in place for spectators, common areas and locker rooms for a total capacity of 25 per cent;
  • allowing dance, theatre and music facilities to open for individual instruction and group classes for a total capacity of 25 per cent;
  • allowing gyms and fitness centres to provide group instruction or classes at 25 per cent capacity per class with physical distancing measures in place, in addition to one-on-one instruction and individual workouts for a total facility capacity of 25 per cent;
  • allowing indoor recreational facilities such as arcades, go-kart tracks and children’s facilities to open at 25 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place;
  • allowing outdoor amusement parks to open at 50 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place; and
  • allowing users of gyms, fitness centres and pools to not wear a mask while taking part in a physical activity, but requiring mask use in other areas of the facility.
Construction Notice for Portage Avenue
February 23, 2021

Portage Avenue from Moorgate to St. James Street construction is set to start May 2021 and will take 12 weeks to complete. The work being done will include milling of existing pavement and placement of a new asphalt pavement. If you have concerns in regards to the road construction please contact James Kennedy, P. Eng. Contract Administrator of Morrison Hershfield at (204) 977-8370.
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In The News
Congratulations to Larry McIntosh on His Recent Appointment
February 25, 2021

The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Larry McIntosh on his appointment to the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council. Larry has been involved in the produce industry for more than 27 years and brings valuable experience to the table.

The Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council is committed to supporting a healthier and more sustainable food sector, and to ensuring that all people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious, and culturally diverse food. Larry, along with 22 other individuals, was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, to this Advisory Council.

The Assiniboia Chamber's President | Executive Director Kristi Meek sent a letter of support for Larry's application to the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council. All of us at The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce are very proud of the contributions that Larry has made to the industry and we know that his passion will continue in the future.
Building Strong Communities - A Circular Approach
February 4, 2021

In partnership, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and Reclay StewardEdge present a global online conference to further our capacity to continue working together on shared issues and opportunities around water protection, waste management, economic development and the exploration of a circular economy in Manitoba. These are all important issues and topics that are being considered as the WMR coordinates the first Draft of Plan 2050.