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Attending Hybrid Events in Winnipeg

This Spring, McNally Robinson Booksellers Winnipeg will continue their series of "hybrid events": events that can be attended in person or viewed online. As we cautiously return to physical events in Winnipeg, we want to ensure the safety of all attendees and participants. As a result, all guests, participants, event staff, and booksellers will still be required to provide proof of full vaccination and wear masks while attending events at our Winnipeg location. For those uncomfortable with attending physical events — or unable to join us — we will be live streaming all events on our YouTube channel.

Please see below about how you can attend events presented by us during the COVID-19 crisis. For regular company updates we recommend you follow us on Twitter or Facebook.


Hybrid Event Guidelines

We are exceeding provincial safety guidelines and taking every precaution to provide a safe and clean space for our visitors. It is important to keep in mind that, by agreeing to join us for an event, you are also agreeing to abide by the guidelines detailed below.

  • We will be blocking off our Atrium event space to create a temporary "private room" each time an event is to take place.
  • Mask use will be required in the space. The only exception is for the event speakers who will remove their masks while standing at a distance during the event itself.
  • Guests will be required to provide proof of full vaccination without exception before entering the event space.
  • Out of province attendees will be asked to show approved government issued proof of full immunization accompanied by a government issued photo ID.
  • Children under five will be permitted to attend, even if unvaccinated, butmust remain masked and be accompanied by a full vaccinated and masked guardian.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the event entrance for use by guests.

For the safety of our customers, staff, and community as a whole, we ask that you also follow all recommended health and safety precautions everywhere you go, and to please stay home and isolate if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Please note: The current "hybrid event" model of limited in person gatherings will only be available if health and gathering restrictions permit. If we are no longer able to proceed with a physical event, for any reason, an announcement will be made via social media and our website will be updated. We advise that you double check our website before leaving the house to join us. In the case of a change in health restrictions, any physical events will pivot to be entirely online rather than postponed and the appropriate links will be provided.


Arriving at a Hybrid Event

Before arriving at the store, please complete the Manitoba COVID-19 screening tool and do not come to the event if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any symptoms, you may still participate in the event by watching it from home on YouTube.

Most events are currently scheduled for Tuesday through Friday at 7pm with a few exceptions.

The event space will be open for seating an hour prior to the start time of the event, not any sooner. The space will have limited capacity and standing room will not be available. To be assured of a seat, it is paramount that you arrive early. Though seating may be available up to the start time of an event, we cannot guarantee seating unless it has previously been arranged via the author.

An hour before the start time, you will be allowed in to the event space. Fully masked guests will have their vaccination status checked at the door. They will then be allowed to enter and sit down.

If you do leave the space to visit Prairie Ink Restaurant or browse elsewehere in the store, you may leave a jacket or item on the chair to mark your place, though you will be asked for proof of vaccination at the door upon your return.

There will be an announcement about the event over the speakers of the store ten minutes prior to the start to allow guests to return to the space before it gets underway.

If we have reached capacity, we will not be able to supply any additional chairs or standing room. We hope you will bear with us as we strive to provide the best gathering experiences we can offer during these uncertain times and accept any natural limitations that may be in place.

Once the event is underway, the host and speakers will unmask while remaining at a distance from the audience. All audience members must remain masked.


If you have any questions at all about any of these details or would like to contact us to discuss accommodations, please get in touch with John Toews, the McNally Robinson Booksellers Winnipeg Event Coordinator either by email or by phone (204-453-0424, ex 227).

We thank you so much for your attention to these details and for helping to keep your community safe as we gather once again. We're so looking forward to seeing your (partially masked) faces!