Yes, you can buy newspapers!

It seems that throughout Manitoba there was some confusion this weekend about whether newspapers on news stands would continue to be for sale under the list of essential items. So, we asked our MLA, because newspapers are essential, but that fact may have been lost in the details. There are a few other revisions as well.

Here’s what our Virden and area (Riding Mountain constituency) MLA had to say:

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The province continues to work to protect Manitobans while at the same time allowing people to access essential items. Public health orders first issued on Nov. 19 have been updated with small changes to the items considered essential.

Modifications will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22 and will add gift cards, prepaid credit cards and newspapers to the list of essential items.

In addition, the list of communities where stores are able to sell essential and non-essential items at the same time will be expanded to include five more remote communities. It will now include Sapotaweyak, Berens River, Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi in addition to Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas.

The orders and the list of items deemed essential will be posted on the province’s #Restart MB Pandemic Response System at

Greg Nesbitt
MLA Riding Mountain

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