The City of Winnipeg is hoping to provide details to the public on how they are planning for a "new normal.

The City of Winnipeg is announcing that they are extending temporary patio permits and reopening park bookings for groups under 50 people. 

The City says they are not making more moves to reopen until they are able to reassess the impacts and consider the Province's Phase 2 plan.

"We are now in the process of reviewing the Provincial draft plan for restoring services," City of Winnipeg Emergency Operations Centre Manager Jason Shaw.

Public facilities such as libraries and pools will be considered for reopening in the future, but the City says they will be discussing how to do it in a way that makes sense for the health and safety of the public and employees. 

The City of Winnipeg is waiting on the Province to provide them with more information on Phase 2 before the City can give more information to the public.

He notes that the restoration of services is not a reversal of measures that were taken during the pandemic, but instead may require changes in operations.

"The way we were before COVID-19 might never be the same again," Shaw says.

A second wave of the pandemic is still a possibility, and the Emergency Operations Centre Manager says they need to prepare for that chance.

"We will also have to be ready to respond quickly to any subsequent waves of COVID-19."

The city is hoping that by creating careful reopening plans, they will not need to close as many facilities if a second wave of COVID-19 hits the province.

The City says they are continuing their Community Ambassador program and will continue to ask residents to practice physical distancing in parks.