Brandon's Manitoba Ag Days, Winnipeg reno show latest events postponed due to COVID-19 health orders
Winnipeg Renovation Show pushed back to Feb. 18-20, new date for Ag Days not yet set
New provincial public health restrictions on crowd capacities have triggered the postponement of a popular Brandon agricultural exhibition.
Manitoba Ag Days, slated to be held on Jan. 18-20 at the city's Keystone Centre, will instead be moved to a date yet to be determined, organizers said Tuesday.
"The management team is currently working with the host facility and service providers to come up with alternate dates. Further information will be provided as soon as possible," a statement from the Ag Days board and management said.
Tuesday also brought the postponement of the Winnipeg Renovation Show, which had been slated for the RBC Convention Centre from Jan. 14-16.
The show will now be held Feb. 18-20, according a statement from Marketplace Events regional vice-president Jill Kivett, who said the "safety of all attendees, exhibitors and the community is our first priority."
Tickets for the renovation show will be honoured for the new dates or refunds will be issued upon request, the statement said.
The postponements come on the heels of public health orders that went into effect Tuesday limiting gathering sizes to a maximum of 250 people or 50 per cent of a venue's capacity, whichever is less.
The current orders are set to expire Jan. 11.
The province moved to enact the new provision due to climbing COVID-19 case counts and fears of an Omicron variant wave washing over Manitoba.
Health officials reported a record-high 825 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths on Tuesday.
Ag Days and the Reno Show are the latest major events to be cancelled or postponed in the province. Monday, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet announced it was cancelling seasonal Nutcracker performances and the Winnipeg Jets postponed a Wednesday match versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Jets and its associated American Hockey League team the Manitoba Moose each announced fans would be barred from games at Winnipeg's Canada Life Centre until at least Jan. 11.
The National Hockey League reacted to the attendance restrictions on Tuesday by announcing the postponement of two more Jets games — on Jan. 8 against the Seattle Kraken and Jan. 10 against the Minnesota Wild.