The Manitoba NDP has determined that in the interest of public health and the health of our members we will be postponing Convention 2020 until a date later this year. We have been monitoring the situation closely and made this decision after conducted a risk assessment based on the Public Health Authority Canada’s Risk-Informed Decision Making for Mass Gatherings.
Manitoba NDP Conventions bring hundreds of members together from diverse backgrounds and from across the province for several days of debate, discussion and comradery. The assessment indicated several high risk factors that led to this decision, including that many members come from demographics with increased risk factors, and the format of the event as a large gathering held over several days in close proximity.
We know that Party members were looking forward to this opportunity to come together, but we must put the health of Manitobans and our members first. We believe that postponing Convention is a necessary step to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The new Convention date and other information will be provided as they are determined. At this time, we are holding convention delegate fees and dinner fees as counting toward the rescheduled dates.
We call on all members and the public to listen to public health authorities and work together to flatten the curve, protect the vulnerable, and keep our communities healthy. You can get the latest information from Manitoba Health on COVID-19 and how to reduce your risk here.