Welcome to Winnipeg

As a city, Winnipeg has always taken immense pride in our ability to come together as a tight knit community for the common good. Our tourism community is no exception. Tourism Winnipeg, along with our partners, warmly welcomes you to the city with safe and open arms. From the moment you land at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, you will get a feeling of safety and security as you begin your stay. Whether it's a transportation provider, a venue, or local restaurant, each supplier has carefully taken the precautions to ensure your visit is a safe and joyous one.

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James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is famous for its design by César Pelli, and its Hug Rug – which is totally optional. All jokes aside, the Winnipeg Airports Authority takes health and safety seriously, and has ensured new health and safety measures each step of the way since the pandemic.

These include:

  • Hourly cleaning
  • Regular usage of electrostatic sprayers to disinfect touch surfaces and public seating areas
  • Touchless systems to navigate main terminal
  • Hospitality-quality air filtration system
  • Mandatory masks in all public areas of the terminal
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout
  • Disinfection of self-serve kiosks between flights (as well as availability of only certain kiosks to allow for patron distancing)
  • Temperature screenings for passengers and airline employees at the entrance of each Security checkpoint
  • Physical distancing signage at the gate as well as decals throughout the airport

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Whether you choose a taxi, ride-sharing company, or transit bus, you can expect to have a safe and pleasant experience. The Province of Manitoba has set out specific guidelines for these transportation providers.

As a passenger of a taxi or ride-sharing company, you can expect:

  • Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering the vehicle
  • Encouragement of cashless transactions
  • Opening of vehicle windows (weather permitting) to avoid recirculation of air.
  • Loading and unloading of your own belongings
  • Availability of back seats only. Front passenger seat is to be vacant at all times.

As a passenger of a public city transit bus, you can expect:

  • Two-meter physical distancing between passengers
  • Mandatory face masks
  • Enhanced cleaning program which includes all buses be treated with a hospital grade sanitizer with use of electrostatic sprayers.

Public transit guidelines | Provincial guidelines

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Many Winnipeg hotels have participated in the Clean It Right program (as referenced above) to enhance their already strict cleaning protocols. Each hotel will have their own set of procedures specific to their property, however you may encounter the following during your stay in Winnipeg:

  • Mandatory face masks in all public areasSocial distancing from other guests and hotel associates (2 metres)
  • Hospital grade disinfectant in cleaning of guest rooms
  • Partitions at front desks when you check in
  • Increased sanitization stations near entrances, front desks, elevators, fitness, and meeting spaces

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Convention Centre

The RBC Convention Centre’s Safety Plan includes a vast array of precautions that will make your experience a pleasant one when the restrictions are lifted. The fourth largest convention centre in Canada is strongly committed to your safety and health.

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Venues & Attractions

Winnipeg truly has the most unique and remarkable offsite venues and attractions in the world. The safety of their guests is top of mind for these world class attractions.

While each venue will have their own set of procedures specific to their property, you may encounter the following during your visit:

  • Social distancing signage and floor markers to prevent congestionIncrease in cleaning staff
  • Touchless payment
  • Possible inquiry of contact information from all patrons for COVID-19 tracing
  • Self-screening before entering establishment

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Winnipeg’s amazing culinary scene continues to delight both local residents and visitors alike. Order directly from the restaurant or use the ever so popular Skip the Dishes Delivery App to try a dish from any neighborhood in the city.

What you can expect:

  • Tables spread out to allow for proper social distancing between guests
  • Mandatory masks in all areas of the restaurant, except when seated at table
  • Hand sanitization units upon entering the restaurant
  • Partitions between tables or booths

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General Safety & Important contact numbers

The Manitoba Tourism Education Council launched a new enhanced cleaning program, Clean It Right, in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. This program is designed to provide awareness and education to both cleaning staff and “non-cleaning” staff in the tourism, hospitality and retail industry. Businesses who receive 100% pass are considered a Certified Clean It Right Business, and are recognized as such in Travel Manitoba’s 2021 Visitor’s Guide. You will also see a window decal displayed stating, “This establishment is trained & certified in Clean It Right.

For the latest COVID-19 updates in Manitoba, visit the Shared Health Manitoba webpage.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

In order to determine if you should contact Health Links – Info Santé (204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257) or seek other medical advice, you will be asked to respond to a few questions in the COVID-19 Screening Tool. Please note that this is not a medical assessment. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, seek medical attention or call 911. This service is not a substitute for consulting with your doctor.

COVID-19 Test Results

If you have been tested for COVID-19 in Manitoba, check your results on the Test Results page.

Life-threatening emergencies

If you have a life threatening emergency while in Manitoba, call 911.

Manitoba’s Health Facilities

If you require a health facility while in Manitoba, see the Province of Manitoba Map of Manitoba Health Facilities.