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MANITOBA’S ROADMAP TO EXPANDING SERVICES SAFELY

RELEASED April 29 2020

PREMIER UNVEILS MANITOBA’S ROADMAP 
TO EXPANDING SERVICES SAFELY

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Manitoba to Begin Easing Restrictions on Businesses;
Physical Distancing Measures Still in Effect: Premier

Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort next week to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities while maintaining social distancing advice, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“We applaud Manitobans for doing their part to help flatten the curve and it is thanks to everyone’s tremendous efforts that we are able to announce today a gradual, safe restoration of services and easing of restrictions on businesses, allowing many to reopen, should they so choose,” Pallister said. “We must remain diligent in maintaining physical distancing and practising good hygiene, but our gradual, leveled approach will help us safely restore our services.”

As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health-care and retail businesses will have the option to reopen under strict guidelines. All businesses and venues will be required to continue following social distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees and customers. 

Size restrictions of public and private gatherings of no more than 10 people will remain in place. Everyone is expected to continue to follow social distancing rules at all times and to stay home if they are sick. Travel restrictions will remain in place such as avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Manitoba, and requirements for self-isolation for 14 days following travel will continue. 

Based on the evolving global public health recommendations and modelling, Manitoba is in a position to begin a methodical, phased-in approach to reopening businesses, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer. 

“Our public health measures to date have helped us reduce case numbers and flatten the curve, but it is not practical to maintain these measures indefinitely,” said Roussin. “That is why we will gradually reduce these measures including balancing the need to protect vulnerable Manitobans from COVID-19 with the need to protect Manitobans from the unintended impacts of strict public health measures, which include health and social impacts.” 

Phased Approach to Restoring Services

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap consists of multiple phases. It is critical to note 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.

Full details are available at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices

Restoring Services (Phase One) – Beginning May 4

Critical public health measures and travel restrictions remain. Priority elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will resume and some non-essential businesses will 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.

The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others.

Restoring Services (Phase Two) – No Earlier Than June 1

Critical public health measures and travel restrictions may remain in place. 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

Public health measures may be eased further. Additional guidelines will be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential business will fully open. Others may begin to reopen, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may be eased. 

Specific considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made including:
•    performing arts venues;
•    other non-essential businesses;
•    tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios; and
•    large gatherings/events.

– Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted.
– Child care plays an important role in restoring services, enabling parents to return to the workplace, and remains a priority. The Department of Families will continue to work with the child-care community to expand the temporary child-care services available, including a grant available to child-care providers seeking to open a new, home-based child-care service.
– More information on child-care services during COVID-19, including a self-serve child care website, can be found atwww.gov.mb.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/childcare.html.
– Businesses seeking further information should visit https://engagemb.ca/.
– For current information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19
– A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

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MB Support Announcement

Manitoba News Release
April 22, 2020
PROVINCE TO PROVIDE $120 MILLION OF SUPPORT TO SMALL 
AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES HARMED BY COVID-19- – -Manitoba Businesses are Struggling,
We Want to Support Them: Pallister
The Manitoba government is providing up to $120 million to support Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses that are facing significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are struggling right now and we want to support them,” said Pallister. “Our government has been listening and working diligently with chambers of commerce across the province, business and retail councils, industry and trade associations and various stakeholders to identity where the greatest need is and to maximize the recovery opportunities for Manitoba’s business sector.” 

The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) is available to any of the approximately 120,000 businesses in Manitoba who have fallen into a gap in failing to qualify for the various federal government assistance programs and wage subsidies created because of COVID-19. If one in six businesses have fallen into that gap that would mean approximately 20,000 Manitoba businesses would be entitled to this support, the premier noted.
 
The province will advance each eligible business the non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6,000, for a total of up to $120 million. The loan will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020, if the recipient attests at that time the business has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Business Account, as well as sector-specific grant federal programs specifically developed in response to the pandemic. If the applicant has received benefits under a federal COVID program, then the loan will be added to the recipient’s 2020 tax bill. 

“We are acting on the advice from industry and are committed to working in partnership with our municipal and federal governments and various associations that are impacted by this pandemic so we’ll make the right decisions, in the right way, at the right time to maximize our recovery efforts for the benefit of all Manitobans,” said Pallister.

To be eligible for the MGPP funding, a business must:
•    have been operational on March 20, 2020, the date the Manitoba government declared a provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act because of COVID-19;
•    have temporarily ceased or curtailed operations as a result of a COVID-19 public health order and have been harmed by the health order;
•    be registered and in good standing with the Manitoba Business and Corporate Registry;
•    have not qualified for federal government COVID-19 grant support; and
•    have an email address and a bank account. – 30 –

For more information:Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.
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HIRING Summer Staff

Are you a local student looking for a great summer job working outdoors? Consider applying for the Norwood Grove BIZ Summer Green Team. Employment is from end of May till September.

Work outdoors gardening and helping maintain a beautiful Norwood Community.

Apply today by sending your resume to info@norwoodgrove.com

Read Full Job Description HERE

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Mayor BIZ Awards Call for Nominations

The Mayor’s BIZ awards recognize an individual or business that significantly contributes to promoting economic development in our BIZ zone in one or more of the following areas:

  • Placemaking
  • Special Events
  • Marketing
  • Promotion
  • Safety

Find our more HERE on the nomination criteria and to fill out your nomination form!

Please send all completed forms to info@norwoodgrovebiz.ca before April 3rd!

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Annual General Meeting

November 14, 2019, 12:00noon (doors open at 11:30am) at the Norwood Hotel!

RSVP to jen@norwoodgrove.com

NOMINATE TODAY! Do you know of a deserving BIZ member or community member and want to nominate them for an award? We offer awards in the following criteria;

  • Contribution to community Business
  • Contribution to community individual
  • New Business (must show growth, Investment, Sustainability and impact)
  • Long standing business (10 plus years)

Please email you nominations to jen@norwoodgrove.com with a small write up as to why they are nominated.

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Celebrate Everything Art

Join us for a celebration of Everything Art – 2019 Fresh Art Show, June 20 – 23 at Forum Art Centre, 120 Eugenie Street in St. Boniface. All weekend Art Demonstrations, enjoy live music on Friday at 6 with musicians James Culleton & Don Zueff, Player’s Choice raffle draw, many unique Original styles of art, giclee prints, art cards, foot square paintings & choose your favourite piece for our People’s Choice Award!  www.forumartcentre.com or 204-235-1069

Event hours: Thursday, June 20 & Friday, June 21 – 5 to 9 pm; Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23 – 10 am to 4 pm.

All weekend Art Demonstrations:  

Thursday         5 – 7                Karen Palmer – Jewellery

                        5 – 7                Michel Saint Hilaire – Acrylic

                        7 – 9                Lyndsay Ladobruk – Linocut Printmaking

Friday              5 – 7                Linda Olzewski – Watercolour

                        5 – 7                Kristine De Leon – Manga Art

                        7 – 9                Kathi Wirth – Cartooning

                        7 – 9                Jin Young Park – Watercolour

Saturday          12 – 2              Ed Dumanski – Mixed Media

                        12 – 2             Ruth Kamenev – Watercolour

                        2 – 4                Patrick LeMadec – Water Soluble Oil

Sunday             12 – 2              Bob Dann – Clay Sculpture

                        12 – 2              Craig Johnstone – Acrylic

                        2 – 4                Allan Courtney – Acrylic

                        2 – 4                Joel Novek – Watercolour

Free admission, free parking, wheelchair access, strollers welcome. Grab a bite at one of our local restaurants such as: Pasquale’s, Mrs. Mikes, The Canteen Coffee Shop, or the Black Bird Brasserie while you’re in the neighbourhood!– 

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