Monday marked Phase One of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services initiative, the Province’s pandemic and economic road map to recovery that sees a cautious phased easing of restrictions in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Among the changes was the permitted re-opening of retail businesses within boundaries around staff and customers that expect physical distancing and limit the kinds of contact that could potentially facilitate the spread of the virus. Specific guidelines in place for retailers can be read at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-one.html#retail
A major focal point on Monday has been Shoppers Mall Brandon, effected so-much so by temporary closures of non-essential businesses in March to the point where a list of open tenants provided by the Mall at the start of April was just eight businesses long. The shopping centre at that time had been restricted to just one public entrance.
Monday marked a cautious shift in the other direction, with the Mall re-opening it’s four main entrances and expanding hours to 11am to 6pm seven days per week. With that, the following stores and services were open for business (unless otherwise noted, hours are the Mall's 11am-6pm hours):
- Delta 9: Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-11pm
- Dollarama: Open normal hours of Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
- EB Games
- Gateway Newsstands: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12am-5pm
- Hair Today Mall Barbers. Monday-Sunday 11am-6pm, pre-booked appointments only.
- Hallmark. Limit of 1 person per family, 10 minutes to shop per person.
- Hedleys Health Hut: Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
- H & R Block
- Reesors Jewellers
- Shoppers Drug Mart: Daily hours of 8am-10pm. Entrance through main store door, no connection open to the Mall interior at present.
- Sobeys: Open 8am-9pm with an early hour for the vulnerable. Closing extends to 10pm starting Monday. Sundays 9am-6pm. Enter via independent store doors, mall connection is closed until June 1.
- Soft Moc
- Sport Chek
- Xplore Mobile: Monday-Sunday, 12am-6pm
A number of restaurants were open including:
- Food Court restaurants Tim Hortons (10:30 daily opening) and Thai Express. Food court seating remains closed, meaning service is offered as takeout.
- Smitty’s (takeout and delivery)
- Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s (drivethru, takeout, delivery)
- Original Joe’s (patio, takeout, delivery)
- East Side Mario’s (patio, takeout, delivery)
Further tenants were expected to open in the days ahead, the following of which I was able to confirm timeframes or approximate timeframes for:
- Bluenotes: Open beginning Tuesday
- Charm Diamonds: Open beginning Wednesday
- la Vie en Rose: Opening Wednesday at the latest
- Reitmans: Planning to open on May 19
- Shoe Warehouse: Hopeful for opening Tuesday at 12pm
- Telus/Myphone: Opening by mid-month
- Urban Trail: Hoping for opening later in the week
- Wireless Wave: Opening May 11
As statuses no doubt are changing daily, please contact your store of choice directly if not seen here to confirm their plans and don't assume they aren't opening if not listed.
The shopping centre’s 20th Street entrances remain closed. On a page with further details on the Mall’s re-opening, it is asked that visitors should practice safe physical distancing, sanitize hands before and after entering and not attend if sick or have come into contact with someone who is.
More details on hours at Shoppers Mall's re-opening and its tenant hours are published at:
Also permitted to open with restrictions as part of phase one of the Province’s Restoring Safe Services on Monday are restaurant patios, outdoor recreation facilities including golf courses, hairstylists and barbers as well as museums, galleries and libraries. A future phase two would take place no sooner than June 1 and pending evaluation of the first phase may see further easing of restrictions. For more details on Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap to Recovery one can visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html
Through Monday, the Province has reported 281 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases to-date including 17 in the Prairie Mountain Health region. The most up-to-date information on the presence of the virus in Manitoba and the response to it can be learned at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/