Updated public health orders come into effect on November 20, 2020, to further limit retail operations to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect Manitobans.

Gift cards, prepaid credit cards, and newspapers have been recently added to the list of essential items effective November 22

A retail business may open but sell only essential items in person. Retailers must ensure compliance with capacity limits — either 25 per cent of the usual capacity of the premise or 250 people — whichever is lower.

Retailers must also implement measures to ensure physical distancing. Retailers can continue to sell essential or non-essential items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or curb-side pick-up. A list of essential items is set out in the orders as below.

  • Food and beverages
  • Products related to food preparation or storage such as aluminum foil, saran wrap and food containers
  • Personal care products such as soap and skin care products, hair care products, dental care products, eye care products, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, razors and shaving cream
  • Health-related products such as prescription drugs, over the counter medication, vitamins and supplements, birth control and first aid products
  • Mobility or assistive devices, such as wheel chairs, walkers, canes, splints and similar products or supplies
  • Diapers, wipes, baby bottles and other infant feeding and nursing accessories, infant clothing and sleepers, car seats, cribs, strollers, infant carriers and monitors
  • Household paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels
  • Household cleaning products and supplies such as laundry detergent, dish soap, bleach, cleaning agents, mops and brooms
  • Household safety and protection products such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers
  • Batteries and light bulbs
  • Winter jackets, snow pants, underwear, winter headwear, gloves and mitts, socks and winter boots
  • Personal protective equipment and protective clothing for use in the workplace
  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Postage stamps
  • Cell phones and cell phone accessories
  • Parts and supplies for all types of motor vehicles and watercraft
  • Major household appliances
  • Hunting, fishing and trapping supplies
  • Tools and hardware
  • Materials, parts and components for the maintenance, repair or construction of residential or commercial building systems, including plumbing, electrical and lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation systems
  • Products related to property maintenance such as shovels, snow blowers, sand and road salt
  • Gift cards and pre-paid credit cards
  • Newspapers