I have received a lot of calls from small businesses about the government's announcement that it would close all non-essential businesses as of April 1. In fact, the government meant that small businesses classified as non-essential could no longer have their store operations open to the public, but such businesses can stay open to operate on line and to deliver goods through curbside pickups, home delivery or drop box delivery. If you have any questions call the small business help line at 204-945-3744.
Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March. South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory. The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions. This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14. Manitoba ( red line ) started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then. South Dakota ( blue line ) has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4. Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations