Members with stores operating in Manitoba are well aware of the extremely complicated and restrictive orders in place as of Friday, November 20, 2020. RCC is relentlessly pushing to get all non-essential retailers reopened as soon as possible.
Over the weekend, RCC was able to secure an update to the Manitoba Health Order (November 22, 2020) that allows for gift cards, prepaid credit cards and newspapers to be considered as essential items. Further, stores typically selling winter wear are able to reopen, as long as the items on display are restricted to essential items only (as listed on page 27/28 of the Health Order).
The amendments to the Health Order also add five remote communities, including:
Sapotaweyak, Berens River, Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi, where non-essential items can be sold to in-person shoppers. This exemption also applies throughout northern Manitoba, except in Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas.