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New COVID restrictions: What's an essential product?

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: November 20, 2020 03:46

The Pallister government has made a list

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The Manitoba government has implemented stricter regulations startimg today (November 20th) to further limit retail operations to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect Manitobans.

A retail business may open but sell only essential items in person. Retailers must ensure compliance with capacity limits - either 25% of the usual capacity of the premise or 250 people - whichever is lower.

Retailers must also implement measures to ensure physical distancing. Retailers can continue to sell essential or non-essential items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or curb-side pick-up. A list of essential and non-essential items are set out in the orders as below.

-Food and beverages
-Products related to food preparation or storage such as aluminum foil, saran wrap and food containers
-Personal care products such as soap and skin care products, hair care products, dental care products, eye care products, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, razors and shaving cream
-Health-related products such as prescription drugs, over the counter medication, vitamins and supplements, birth control and first aid products
-Mobility or assistive devices, such as wheel chairs, walkers, canes, splints and similar products or supplies
-Diapers, wipes, baby bottles and other infant feeding and nursing accessories, infant clothing and sleepers, car seats, cribs, strollers, infant carriers and monitors
-Household paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels
-Household cleaning products and supplies such as laundry detergent, dish soap, bleach, cleaning agents, mops and brooms
-Household safety and protection products such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers
-Batteries and light bulbs
-Winter jackets, snow pants, underwear, winter headwear, gloves and mitts, socks and winter boots
-Personal protective equipment and protective clothing for use in the workplace
-Tobacco products
-Alcohol
-Cannabis
-Pet food and supplies
-Postage stamps
-Cell phones and cell phone accessories
-Parts and supplies for all types of motor vehicles and watercraft
-Major household appliances
-Hunting, fishing and trapping supplies
-Tools and hardware
-Materials, parts and components for the maintenance, repair or construction of residential or commercial building systems, including plumbing, electrical and lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation systems
-Products related to property maintenance such as shovels, snow blowers, sand and road salt

Items considered non-essential include products like toys, games, books, jewellery, perfume, and sporting equipment.

Businesses can continue to sell non-essential items online, and over the phone, or arrange for remote pickup or delivery of those items.

The new health orders expire on December 11th.

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