WINNIPEG – Today, Council voted unanimously to declare a state of local emergency for Winnipeg in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Along with its existing powers, the City of Winnipeg will be able to use the authority under the state of local emergency to acquire additional resources to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic as required.

“We are navigating a truly unprecedented time in our city’s history,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The declaration of today’s state of local emergency will enable access to the tools needed to respond to challenges in a timely fashion.”

The City remains committed to maintaining essential services while balancing the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and residents. We are acting on the advice of experts and taking their instructions seriously. 

The Emergency Operations Centre is actively engaged in the City’s response to COVID-19, including coordinating response efforts, and ensuring the appropriate policies and procedures are in place to support the continuity of essential services and the ongoing maintenance of the City’s critical infrastructure.