Guidance to Retail Food and Grocery Stores

Restoring Safe Services

Guidance to Retail Food and Grocery Stores

NEW Last updated: July 27, 2020

Retail food and grocery stores play an essential service to ensure safe and reliable access to food, supplies and other provisions are available to everyone.

As Manitoba continues efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, it is crucial that everyone - including the grocery and retail sector - adjust how they operate to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This document outlines key steps and provides precautions to be taken by stores to protect workers' and the public's health.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, retail food and grocery stores may remain open, but the operator of the store must implement measures to ensure that customers attending the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres between themselves, other customers and staff. It is also important to ensure that physical distancing is maintained for customers waiting to enter the facility and standing in line outside.


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To help prevent COVID-19 virus transmission, operators of retail food and grocery stores should

A list of disinfectants can be found on Health Canada's website.

Posters available for download:

Visit Health Canada for more information about food safety and how to keep you and your family safe during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.




General advice about COVID-19 and for those who experience cold, influenza, or flu-like symptoms

Employers should reassess their work environment every day and keep updated with the information posted on www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/index.html