December 20, 2021

City of Winnipeg announces COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all City staff

Released: 11:58 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City of Winnipeg announced an expanded COVID-19 vaccine requirement which will now apply to all City employees.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the health and safety of our residents and our employees continues to be foremost in our minds,” said Michael Jack, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Winnipeg. “By requiring all of our employees to be fully immunized against COVID-19, we are doing everything we can to keep our employees safe and to protect the critical services they deliver to our residents.”

The City will continue to follow all other COVID-19 safety protocols inside City-operated facilities, including requiring masks inside city facilities and vehicles, practicing social distancing, and encouraging employees to work remotely where possible.

Staff who are included in this expanded COVID-19 vaccine requirement are expected to be fully vaccinated by February 22, 2022, which means they must receive their first vaccine dose no later than January 11, 2022 and their second dose no later than February 8, 2022.

The City will begin collecting vaccine status information from identified staff in the coming weeks. Any City staff who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons, will be subject to regular and frequent COVID-19 testing.

To date,5,500 City staff were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of those 5,500 approximately 97% are fully immunized, while 175 staff are subject to regular testing. At this time, 12 staff are on unpaid leave for failing to comply with the program.

For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, see: winnipeg.ca/COVID-19.

Controlled collapse of decommissioned antenna taking place tomorrow

Released: 2:02 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Residents are advised that a controlled collapse of the decommissioned North Winnipeg Antenna System located at the North End Sewage Treatment Plant (2230 Main St.) will be taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at noon. The collapse will take approximately 15 minutes, and may be audible in the area immediately surrounding the plant.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service crews will be on site to monitor the antenna collapse. Residents are asked to not contact 911 should they see or hear these operations.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Mayfair Avenue

Released: 7:16 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 5:05 p.m. on Monday, December 20, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey apartment building in the 100 block of Mayfair Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene they encountered smoke in the building. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 5:55 p.m.

Occupants of the building were evacuated and sheltered aboard a Winnipeg Transit bus. No injuries were reported.

Most residents were able to return to their suites once the fire was extinguished. The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services was called to assist those who were displaced in finding temporary accommodations.

The fire remains under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time.

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