Saturday morning promises to be quiet for retail in Steinbach.
Ben Dueck, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce says though Remembrance Day is not a general or statutory holiday, the Remembrance Day Act prohibits most businesses from being open between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm.
"So basically what that means is that non-retail businesses, for the most part, will be closed on Saturday," explains Dueck. "Retail businesses may be open after 1 pm but you will see various hours for businesses on Saturday."
Dueck suggests many restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations will be open on Saturday. He says some will be open all day, others will only open at 1 pm, while others will remain closed for the entire day.
"If you are heading out to try to do some shopping you may want to check ahead of time," he says.
For example, Clearspring Centre will be open from 1 pm to 6 pm, while Sobeys will be open from 1 pm to 11 pm and Shoppers Drug Mart will be open from 1 pm to midnight.
Both the aquatic centre and library will remain closed all day in Steinbach.
"Remembrance Day is a day when we want to pause and honour the contributions of Canadians in war and peacekeeping efforts," notes Dueck. "It's a good day to remember those who have lost their lives for our freedom."
Meanwhile, though not a requirement, he expects some businesses will be closed on Monday in lieu of Remembrance Day falling on a Saturday this year.
"Some businesses do allow that in order to give their staff a chance to continue to reflect on Remembrance Day and potentially have some time off," he says.