The City of Winnipeg is not responsible for enforcing public health orders, that responsibility is the Province of Manitoba’s.
Everyone has a role to play in slowing COVID-19’s spread and minimizing its impact in our community. In an effort to encourage voluntary compliance with Public Health orders, as well as City orders, the City launched a Community Service Ambassador (CSA) program.
On May 22, 2020, the City issued a new order restricting activities in City parks.
All City-owned play structures and picnic shelters are open as per the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services plan, as are skate parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, and athletic fields (soccer, baseball, football, etc.). The City will not be cleaning or sanitizing playgrounds more frequently than normal. Use of these spaces is at your own risk.
Please note, social distancing is still required while within City parks and individuals must maintain a distance of at least two metres from every other individual in the park. This does not apply to people who can demonstrate that they are living together in the same household. Individuals are also prohibited from assembling in groups of more than 25 persons in an indoor place or more than 50 in an outdoor place. Any businesses operating within City parks must follow provincial public health orders.
CSAs are being deployed in City parks and open spaces. They are providing information when they encounter large groups or encounter residents who are using City amenities that are closed due to COVID-19, and reminding residents of the health and safety recommendations that are in place.
In addition to CSAs, the City's By-Law Enforcement Officers are being used to enforce City orders. The By-Law Enforcement Officers are able to hand out warnings and appearance notices that could result in the imposition of penalties of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment for not respecting City orders.
A detailed daily breakdown of the enforcement activities is available online on the Open Data portal.