Manitoba

City closes underground concourse, downtown skywalk amid COVID-19 pandemic

As of Friday evening, the city shut the doors to the entire downtown overhead walkway system, along with the underground concourse at Portage and Main until further notice as a health precaution due to COVID-19.

Doors to downtown overhead walkway system, underground concourse at Portage and Main closed on Friday

The city has decided to close the skywalk system and the concourse at Portage and Main for health reasons. (Daniel Crump/Winnipeg Free Press)

Crossing the street at Portage and Main just became an even bigger obstacle.

As of Friday evening, the city shut the doors to the entire downtown overhead walkway system, along with the underground concourse at Portage and Main until further notice as a health precaution due to COVID-19. To make it to the other side of the windy intersection, pedestrians will be required to locate the nearest above-ground crossing.

People voiced their opinions on social media over the weekend, with a common argument being everyone should be staying home anyway so the added restrictions at Portage and Main is a non-issue. Brent Bellamy, a senior design architect for Number Ten Architectural Group, couldn't disagree more.

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