Crackdown: Loopholes closed on Manitoba businesses skirting public orders

WINNIPEG — New public health orders announced Thursday are cracking down on what stores can sell in-person to the public.

By 12:01 a.m. on November 21, businesses must move non-essential items away from public access, and only sell essential items.

Essential items include outdoor winter apparel such as jackets and boots, food, baby and child-care accessories, mobility or assistive devices, pet food, and personal protective equipment.

The province lists non-essential items as jewelry, perfume, consumer electronics, sporting equipment, books, and toys.

Non-essential items can be sold online, by telephone, or by remote means for delivery or pick up.

Businesses must also limit the number of people shopping at the business to 25 per cent of the usual capacity of the premises or 250 people, whichever is lower.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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