In the late afternoon, COVID-19 vaccine appointments resume Monday at the RBC Convention Center in Winnipeg after some were canceled and people evacuated over reports of a gas leak in the area, a province spokesman says.
A gas leak was reported around 2 p.m., causing the province to cancel appointments for the next two hours.
Around 3:30 p.m., the supersite was cleared to reopen, and the province said anyone with an appointment after 4 p.m. can attend as planned.
About 1,400 person appointments are affected, said the spokesman.
“We are in the process of determining how we will deal with these postponed appointments,” it said in an email.
Manitoba Hydro tweeted shortly after the evacuation of the convention center that no gas leak was found, but the utility will provide updates as information becomes available.
CBC News has contacted Hydro for more information.
Winnipeg Police told people to avoid the area as traffic was blocked on Carlton Street and St. Mary Avenue, as well as York Avenue and Edmonton Street. These streets are now open again.
The province says it will reach out directly to people whose appointments are affected once the province has their contact information to reschedule.
Otherwise, they can rebook on the province’s website or by calling 1-844-626-8222.