Unlike last year in May, when the COVID-19 case curve was nearly flattened, Manitoba is currently hit by its third wave of the pandemic. The number of cases remains the highest they have ever been, which has led to a strained healthcare system as more patients with the disease end up in intensive care. This has led officials to introduce new restrictions for the long weekend – which expires at midnight on Wednesday – which crack down on gatherings between different households.
These rules were added in addition to existing rules also in place until May 30, which closed businesses from restaurants to lounges and banned indoor sports activities at church services.
Among the businesses and other sites still licensed to operate in Manitoba, here is what is open and closed on Victoria Day.
Test et vaccination COVID-19
Some COVID-19 test sites will be closed on statutory holidays.
This includes those at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Center on King Street and Thunderbird House on Main Street in Winnipeg and Flin Flon General Hospital, the province’s website says.
Most of the other sites in the province will be open.
A complete list of Manitoba testing locations and their Monday hours is available online.
Most major grocery stores will be open, including the Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, Safeway and Sobeys.
The Forks Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., although there is no indoor seating and the patios are closed. Food kiosks are only open for take-out. Capacity building is still limited to 10%.
Manitoba liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except True North Square in Winnipeg and Carman, Manitoba, both of which will be closed. As always, beer vendors and private wine merchants each set their own vacation times.
Winnipeg malls will be open on the statutory holiday with the following reduced hours:
- CF Polo Park: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Place Kildonan: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Center Saint-Vital: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Grant Park Mall: noon to 5 p.m.
- Garden City Mall: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Outlet Collection Winnipeg: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The new public health order set requires only one person per household to start a business, with a few exceptions for single parents and caregivers.
Under current public health orders, theaters, libraries, casinos, museums, gymnasiums and lounges are all closed.
Golf courses, including those run by the city at Kildonan Park, Crescent Drive, Harbor View and Windsor Park, are all open for the season. But under Manitoba pandemic rules, you can only play golf with members of your household.
Garbage, bus, mail
In Winnipeg, recycling, trash and yard waste will be picked up as usual on Monday.
The Brady Road commercial dump will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the residential Brady Road dump will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4R Winnipeg depots on Pacific Avenue and Panet Road will be closed.
Transit buses in Winnipeg and Brandon will operate on a Sunday schedule on statutory holidays.
Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona cemeteries in Winnipeg will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., although assembly rules still apply.
Canada Post will not pick up or deliver mail on Monday.