Those filled with a little too much cheer are going to need to find a new way home in Manitoba’s two largest cities this holiday season.
“Maintaining social distancing in vehicles and ensuring a safe environment for our clients and volunteers would be very difficult, if not impossible,” Operation Red Nose Winnipeg co-ordinator Sharra Hinton said in a release Wednesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share our decision to not provide our ride-program during the 2020 Holiday Season due to COVID-19.”
Operation Red Nose Operation provides a free ride service for those who are impaired, while making sure their vehicles gets home safely as well.
The volunteer-run service is free but donations go to support a variety of organizations in the province.
Operation Red Nose has been hosted by the Manta Swim Club in Winnipeg since 1995, and over the years programs have been set up in 10 other Manitoba communities as well.
Hinton said each of those locations will make their own decision about whether or not to operate for the 2020 holiday season.
Hinton said the Winnipeg program expects to be back and running over the 2021 holiday season.
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