By Nolan Kowal, Sport Performance Specialist

Following the Manitoba government’s public health order to close all non-critical businesses from April 1-14, 2020, Sport Manitoba will be closing the facility during this period.

This closure includes the following facility services:

  • Konica Minolta Print Hub (mail and print services)
  • Sport Manitoba Performance
  • Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre
  • Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
  • Courts, flex space, and meeting rooms

The physician services in the Sport Manitoba Clinic are considered a critical service, and so Dr. Gail Sawa will continue to operate out of the clinic. Patients are therefore permitted to continue to access the clinic.

The clinic currently offers only physician services. All other services are temporarily suspended until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience and sincerely thank you for your patience. The well-being of our patients, team and community is our top priority.

You can now book your physician appointments online here. Phone/virtual appointments are available where appropriate or by patient preference.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please use this online screen tool.

We advise visitors and patients to follow recommendations put forth by the Province of Manitoba, such as washing your hands with soap and water, minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two meters/six feet) contact between other individuals, and avoid greetings that involve touching, such as handshakes. Please visit their website for more information.

We also remind the public that the Province of Manitoba recommends if you are concerned about your exposure to or risk of having COVID-19, please first call Health Links–Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) to ensure you receive medical advice appropriate to your specific health concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact smc@sportmanitoba.ca.

Please note that Sport Manitoba continues to operate some of its functions remotely, such as finance, IT and communications, and the province has indicated that:

  • The order does not prevent employees or others from coming into the business to perform repairs, to provide security services or to take out items from the business premises if the business is going to operate on a remote basis.

For Sport Manitoba staff and Sport Partners with offices in the facility, you may continue to access the building only to pick up items using your swipe card from 6am – 11pm, Monday to Friday. For those who rent parking spaces in the parkade, you will be able to access the parkade as per your regular access times for this purpose as well.

This closure will be reviewed further based on direction from the Manitoba government.

If you have any questions about this closure, please contact Laurel Read at laurel.read@sportmanitoba.ca.

Many sport organizations are looking for information regarding whether sport events should be cancelled. The Province of Manitoba recommends organizations cancel or postpone any events with more than 10 attendees.

Here is more guidance provided by the World Health Organization and the Public Health Agency of Canada:

Decisions regarding mass gatherings can be considered on a continuum from no changes needed, to enhanced communication to attendees, to risk mitigation strategies being employed without cancelling the event, through to postponement or cancellation of the event.

Risk mitigation strategies could include:

  • reducing the number of participants or changing the venue to prevent crowding;
  • staggering arrivals and departures;
  • providing packaged refreshments instead of a buffet;
  • increasing access to handwashing stations;
  • promoting personal protective practices (hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, staying home if ill);
  • offering virtual or live-streamed activities; and
  • changing the event program to reduce high risk activities such as those that require physical contact between participants

For information on making risk-informed decisions for mass gatherings, please see this Government of Canada link: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html