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Media Releases

September 20, 2020


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Sherbrook Street and Flora Avenue

Released: 10:13 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 5:21 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one-storey home in the 400 block of Sherbrook Street.

When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke coming from the building. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 5:43 p.m.

Crews searched the home to confirm there were no occupants inside. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available.

Flora Avenue
At 8:48 p.m., the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey home in the 300 block of Flora Avenue. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke coming from the home.

Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 9:22 p.m. All occupants safely self-evacuated prior to crew arrival and no injuries were reported.

No damage estimates are available and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Public advised of potential COVID-19 exposure on Winnipeg Transit

Released: 1:41 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living has indicated a Winnipeg Transit passenger has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual took the Route 412 on Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15 from the Headmaster/Mildred stop to John Pritchard School from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., and the return route from approximately 3 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Those who travelled on the route are asked to monitor for symptoms.

Winnipeg Transit operators have been notified of the route and time periods involved, and appropriate follow-up measures are being taken.

Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit:

Winnipeg Transit began requiring the use of masks that cover the mouth, nose and chin on buses and in Transit Plus vehicles on August 29, 2020, in addition to other measures brought in as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff.

These measures include an enhanced sanitization program that sees all buses treated with a hospital grade sanitizer at least once every 48 hours, using electrostatic sprayers aimed primarily at high-touch point areas. You can learn more about the cleaning procedure in this video.

Passengers are reminded of their role in safe Transit use, and asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a reasonable separation between yourself and others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
  • Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times.
  • Be kind to others who may not be able to wear a non-medical mask.
  • Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
  • Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
  • Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
  • Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
  • If you are sick and experiencing flu-like symptoms; please refrain from riding transit.

Passengers are also reminded that single-use masks are available at Winnipeg Transit Customer Service Centres as part of our efforts to educate the public on the mask requirement. More information about how to wear a mask safety and our ongoing efforts to keep Transit safe is available on the Winnipeg Transit Response to COVID-19 page.

September 21, 2020