Updates for BIZ Members


The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is here to support members.

To our valued Downtown Winnipeg BIZ members: Cash, clarity and continuity are all critical at this time. We understand how difficult this is pandemic is on businesses. We want to ensure you are set-up for success as the Province of Manitoba moves forward with the phased reopen plan and our city gets to the other side of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic.

While we may be the experts on downtown, we sure don’t have all the answers during these uncertain times. The well-being and safety of members, employees, and residents remains our priority. Our focus is to get you the information you need, keep our downtown clean and safe, and be here when you need us. Please feel free to reach out any time: 204-958-4640 or info@downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

Province announces plan for reopening beginning May 4

The Manitoba government shared its plan to reopen the province in a safe and measured way.

Restoring Services (Phase One) – Beginning May 4
Critical public health measures, including physical distancing and travel restrictions remain. Public gatherings will continue to be restricted to 10 people. Some non-essential businesses will be permitted to reopen but must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower

Services, businesses and venues include:
•    non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures;
•    therapeutic and medical services;
•    retail businesses;
•    restaurants – patio/walk-up services;
•    hair salons;
•    museums, galleries and libraries;
•    seasonal day camps; and
•    outdoor recreation and campgrounds.

For Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Members impacted by phase one, here are links to specific pages within the Roadmap for Recovery, provided by the Province of Manitoba.

Restoring Services (Phase Two) – No Earlier Than June 1
Public gathering sizes may be increased and more non-essential businesses will be considered for reopening including:
•    additional personal services, such as nail salons;
•    restaurants – dine-in services;
•    non-contact children’s sports; and
•    film production.

Future Phases
Additional guidelines will be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential business will fully open including bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities.
•    performing arts venues;
•    other non-essential businesses;
•    tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios; and
•    large gatherings/events.

The timing and specifics noted in each phase are subject to change, based on the advice of public health experts and a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors. Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020.

The provincial government ordered the closure of all non-critical businesses via The Public Health Act to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The order was in effect as of April 1.


Government Resources:

Resource Summaries

Recent MEMO enewsletters for Downtown Winnipeg BIZ members:

The MEMO enewsletter provides updates regarding programs and supports for businesses as they develop. If you are a downtown Winnipeg business who would like to receive the MEMO, please email info@downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

We encourage everyone to follow Manitoba Public Health Guidelines.