The city says they are cutting more public-facing services to help slow COVID-19's spread in Winnipeg.
Today's service cut announcement includes obtaining wedding licenses from the city, emergency-only public access to fire paramedic stations, and restricting public access during animal adoption.
"Everyone has a role to play in slowing COVID-19’s spread and minimizing its impact in our community, which is why the City is suspending additional non-essential in-home appointments and is further reducing non-essential services," the city says in a statement.
Fire Paramedic Services
The city says that the public will not be able to access stations across the city unless it is for an emergency. This includes the previously announced cancellation of station tours.
Winnipeggers will only be able to obtain a wedding license from private businesses, starting tomorrow. Businesses will still be providing licenses if they are open. You can view a list here of locations but some may not be open at this time due to COVID-19 concerns.
Animals can still be adopted, but adopters will be required to make an appointment with 311 first.
Reduced Clerical Services
Winnipeg's clerical services at the Susan A. Thompson Building will be limiting services they provide.
The only services available at this point include:
- Providing proof of life for pensioners
- Receipt of legal services against the City of Winnipeg·Receipt and processing of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requests
- Receipt and processing of appeals/other time-sensitive documents
All gatherings over 50 people in public parks have been cancelled. The Public Works Department will not be taking any new requests.
Three transit kiosks will no longer be in operation by the end of the day:
- Portage & Main Concourse
- Millennium Library
- Transit Business Centre
Assessment & Taxation
Assessment & Taxation’s front counter will be closed until further notice.