When the province announced the closure of non-essential Manitoba businesses due to COVID-19, it left some of us with more questions than answers.

That’s why the Dauphin District Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to help all local businesses navigate these uncharted waters.

Chamber executive director Stephen Chychota says the government’s long list of essential and non-critical businesses led to some confusion among business owners. For some, it's still not clear whether or not they can stay open.

Chychota says one of the most valuable resources for business owners right now is an online question-and-answer tool set up by the Manitoba government. You can check it out by clicking here.

Another valuable resource for residents and business owners is the Parkland Area Business Updates Facebook pagewhere you can find updated information on what local businesses are doing at this time.

Through this challenging time, Chychota wants you to know the Dauphin District Chamber of Commerce will keep working to be an avenue to important information.

If you have any questions or anything else to share, Chychota encourages you to reach out to the Chamber, who will voice those concerns for you up the chain of command. 

Any businesses that still have questions about how to react are encouraged to keep an eye on the Dauphin Chamber website, where there will be links to major suppliers of information.

The Manitoba premier announced earlier this week all non-critical businesses will have to close, from April 1st until April 14th. To view a full list of which businesses will be staying open, click here.

Once again, the online question and answer tool set up by the Manitoba government can be accessed here.