Over the weekend, the MRFA, along with other organizations, received the following message and information from the Manitoba Government:

September 3, 2021

We wanted to reach out and let you know that the Manitoba government deeply appreciates the partnership of our business community to help keep Manitobans protected from COVID-19 and to reopen our province safely.

We know that none of this has been easy for anyone. Thank you for continuously adapting to these changing times and ensuring public health measures are followed on your premises.

Attached are several posters created for Manitoba businesses. A more comprehensive toolkit of other business communication resources is on its way to you soon. The toolkit will include more poster templates, decal designs, website graphics, and social media content you can use on your channels.

We hope this support will help educate and inform customers and staff, and other visitors to your offices about wearing masks, social distancing, and where applicable, providing proof of vaccination.

Recently, some Manitoba businesses have reported being targeted in what may be a coordinated telephone campaign, and some unwanted visits have also been made to some businesses.

No business owner or operator should have to deal with aggressive calls and inappropriate behaviors by individuals who refuse to abide by public health orders.

The Manitoba government will consistently remind all individuals of their civic duty to not only follow public health orders, but to respect the businesses that are following public health order to protect Manitobans.

If you encounter any harassing or unwanted calls or behaviours from visitors to your business, please:

  •  Immediately report any threat to law enforcement. Take note of the time and day of occurrences, and document details for the police report.
  • If a visitor to your business is on your business’s property and refuses to comply with public health orders. Follow your businesses regular protocols for addressing difficult clientele / situations in your establishment (e.g., refusal of service due to intoxication, etc).
  • Should the situation escalate, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

If a protest is being held at or near your business:

  • If it is safe to do so, inform organizers that you do not wish to have your business associated with the protest and/or that you do approve access your private property.

The Manitoba government is committed to supporting you. If there is anything you need, please let us know.

Regards,

Tracey Maconachie
Deputy Minister
Manitoba Economic Development and Jobs

and

David Wright
Deputy Minister
Manitoba Justice


The letter was accompanied by black and white posters for businesses from the government, which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the link below.

The deputy ministers indicated that the posters can be used depending on the requirements and needs of specific business sectors, and they also developed a few options that businesses may choose to use if they want to communicate that all employees in their establishment have been fully vaccinated.

We have been told that colour versions, additional resources and materials in other languages will be available next week at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#posters.  As at the time of publishing this post, they do not appear to be available yet.

As a reminder, we were also resent the link to the guidance regarding proof of immunization from other jurisdictions. https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/covidvaccine/covid19-immunization-record-samples.pdf

 

To view the letter from the Government in PDF form, please click here.

To view the posters from the Government in PDF form, please click here.