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Manitoba plants, flowers non-essential; but options remain for garden retail

December 7, 2020  By Don Horne

Back on Nov. 21, Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer issued a Public Health Emergency Order declaring that a retail business may open, but it may only sell essential items to members of the public who are shopping in person at the business.

While the order only remains in force until Dec. 11, plants, gardening supplies and flowers were unfortunately deemed non-essential items – but there are options for customers.

According to Kailey McCaffrey, a spokesperson with the Government of Manitoba, “I can confirm that plants, gardening supplies and flowers are not considered essential under the orders. They can be purchased online, by telephone or by other remote means for delivery or curbside pickup.”


After the Dec. 11 date, the public is encouraged to consult for information about the application of public health orders to retail businesses.

Where there is a discrepancy between essential/non-essential list and the Public Health Emergency Orders, the Public Health Emergency Orders prevail.

For further information on the current Public Health Emergency Orders, please visit:

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