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.
- 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
- 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
- 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