Pandemic Response System

Pandemic Response System
 


Sharing information with Manitobans about risk, response and recommended actions.

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Provincial Response Level: CAUTION

Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring. However, case counts have dropped and vaccination rates are increasing. The virus is being transmitted at levels that public health and the health care system can manage. As of Saturday, August 7, the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer has set the response level to yellow.

Changes to existing Public Health Orders will take effect September 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

For information on province-wide restrictions at the Caution Level, see:


The following province-wide public health orders are in effect:



Additional Response by Region

Additional Restrictions

Critical

George M. Guimond Care Centre, Sagkeeng First Nation: Critical




 

Additional Restrictions



Critical

Travel to Northern Manitoba: RESTRICTED

With increased case numbers in southern Manitoba, Public Health has implemented travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective Friday, September 4th. Learn More...



Learn more about the additional response by Northern.

Northern

Additional Restrictions

No additional restrictions.

Additional Restrictions

Critical

Salem Home Personal Care Home, Winkler: Critical


Learn more about the additional response by Southern Health-Santé Sud.


Manitoba



Current State of Emergency and Public Health Orders

The Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act on March 20, 2020, to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, visit State of Emergency and Current Public Health Orders


Get Tested for COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 visit a testing site as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, or are unsure whether you should be tested, call Health Links-Info Santé (204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257).

The Pandemic Response System

Manitoba's Pandemic Response provides detailed, easy-to-understand direction to residents and businesses at a provincial, regional, sector and facility level. Learn more about the system




Additional guidance at the Caution Level


Two metres of physical distancing is strongly recommended for all activities except for brief exchanges where masks are used, or if non-permeable barriers (e.g., Plexiglas) are in place. Mask use is required in indoor public places.


  • Individuals identified as having COVID-19 must immediately enter mandatory isolation/self-isolation (quarantine) until public health officials advise they can end isolation/self-isolation (quarantine).
  • Household members or close contacts of a person or persons with COVID-19 must immediately go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days from the last date of exposure and call Health Links--Info Santé (204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257) if they develop symptoms if they are not fully vaccinated (two doses).
  • Fully vaccinated (two doses) household members or close contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to self-isolate.

Residential Gatherings:

  • Residential indoor and outdoor gatherings are permitted with no restrictions. 

Public Gatherings:

  • Indoor gatherings at an indoor public place or the common areas of a multi-unit residence limited to 50 people or 50 per cent of capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Outdoor gatherings in public setting limited to 1,500 people if the gathering takes place before September 7, or 500 people if the gather takes place on or after September 7, or if the outdoor venue has a capacity limit, the allowed capacity is 50 per cent or 150 people, whichever is greater.

Mask use is required in indoor public places.

A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping. An indoor public space includes:

  • any part of a retail store where the public has access;
  • any part of the common areas of a residential building;
  • a health care facility;
  • an educational institution or facility;
  • an elevator;
  • a motor vehicle used for public transportation, including a bus, taxi, limousine or other vehicle for hire; and
  • a bus shelter, pedestrian tunnel or enclosed pedestrian walkway.

The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as possible following entry.

In addition, employees, contractors or operators of an indoor public place do not need to wear a mask while they are in an area where members of the public do not normally have access, or if they are behind a non-permeable physical barrier, including a plexiglass barrier.

People can temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place:

  • to receive a service that requires the removal of their mask,
  • to consume food or drink;
  • to deal with an emergency or medical purpose, or
  • to establish their identity.

People who do not have to wear masks include:

  • a child who is under five years of age;
  • a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties or a disability, which prevents them from safely wearing a mask;
  • a person who is swimming or engaged in other athletic activities; and
  • a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person.

What is considered an indoor public space?

An indoor public space includes:

  • any part of a retail store where the public has access;
  • any part of the common areas of a residential building;
  • a health care facility;
  • an educational institution or facility;
  • an elevator;
  • a motor vehicle used for public transportation, including a bus, taxi , limousine or other vehicle for hire; and
  • a bus shelter, pedestrian tunnel or enclosed pedestrian walkway.

This order does not apply to a child care centre or a child care home.



  • Travel north of the 53rd parallel is not permitted. Some exemptions apply, including Manitobans who live in that region, employees of critical businesses, government officials and health care providers. For more information on other requirements and exemptions, read the public health order or see the additional restrictions.
  • Travel to communities that are not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road (remote communities) is not permitted. Some exemptions apply, including Manitobans who live in that region, employees of critical businesses, government officials and health care providers. For more information on other requirements and exemptions, read the public health order or see the additional restrictions.
  • Manitobans should not travel between regions under different public health restrictions except for essential purposes. For example, those living in a region where retail stores are limited to selling essential-only items should not travel to a region that has fewer restrictions on retail to halt the spread of the virus and keep those in each region safe.
  • Public health officials strongly recommend that COVID-19 testing occur before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours. Testing is recommended for individuals who have not received any or an incomplete series of vaccine.
  • Testing is not routinely recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 AND two weeks have passed since their last dose*.
  • Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: 
    • two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca vaccines, or
    • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
    • two weeks after being fully immunized outside Canada with COVID-19 vaccines that are not approved in Canada, but are on the WHO Emergency Use Listing are also considered fully immunized.
  • For more information on testing see www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prs/orders

*Note: Individual First Nation communities may have further testing guidance in place that should be followed for all people traveling into those communities, including those who are fully immunized.


  • Fully vaccinated (two doses) individuals can now travel within Canada without being required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival back in the province.
  • 14 days of self-isolation is still required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions if they have received one or no vaccine doses. For information on current exemptions, visit: Self-isolation Exemptions.
  • Individuals who travelled internationally must follow federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements. For information on current exemptions, visit: Self-isolation Exemptions.
  • All domestic travellers who are not exempt from quarantine in the orders are strongly advised to get two COVID-19 tests -- one on the day of arrival, and another on the 10th day after arriving in Manitoba regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the province.
    They should make an appointment with a provincial testing site or visit a drive-thru test site and indicate at the time of testing that they have been out of Manitoba and share the location of travel. Travellers, who are not exempt from quarantine, must observe the full 14-day self-isolation period regardless of symptoms and test results. Re-testing is advised if an asymptomatic individual develops symptoms at any point, unless the individual had already tested positive. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have had close contact to a traveller should identify this contact to public health during the public health investigation and follow-up.
  • Testing as a result of domestic travel is not required for individuals who are exempt from quarantine in the provincial public health orders.
  • See the State of Emergency and Current Public Health Orders page for more information and exemptions to self-isolation.


Sector Based Guidance:


  • May open provided the operator of the business takes actions to ensure two metres of separation of customers.
  • Food courts must follow the rules set out for restaurants in the public health order.

  • Day camps may open without restriction.
  • Overnight camps may operate with restrictions:
    • The number of camp and staff in a group does not exceed 15;
    • There is no interaction between groups; and,
    • The camp operates within a plan approved by public health.
  • Family child-care homes and child-care centres can open and operate in accordance with applicable legislation: COVID-19 Early Learning and Child Care Practice Guidance (pdf) A revised Coronavirus (COVID-19) Early Learning and Child Care Practice Guidance document with technical information will be distributed within the next few weeks to reflect the new public health directives.

Indoor Sports and Recreation:

  • Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth participants in recreational sport.
  • All spectators will also need to be fully immunized.
  • Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination
  • All indoor group activities permitted with no capacity limits on participants. This includes games, practices, competitions/ tournaments, day camps, rehearsals and recitals.

Outdoor Sports and Recreation:

  • No capacity limits for participants. Includes games, practices, competitions/ tournaments, day camps, rehearsals and recitals.
  • Spectator capacity limited to 50 per cent of the capacity of a place. This includes other teams who are not active on the field of play (ex: at a tournament) and spectators should maintain a two-metre distance whenever reasonably possible.

  • Proof of vaccination will be required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity

  • Professional outdoor sports, outdoor performing arts events and concert halls may open for fully immunized (two doses and two weeks post second dose) to a maximum of 100 per cent.
    • Unvaccinated children 12 and under may attend/visit these events if accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.
  • Other large scale events with more than 1,500 people who are fully immunized may be permitted with a plan approved by public health.
    • Unvaccinated children under 12 may attend if accompanied by fully vaccinated household members.
  • Outdoor fairs, festivals and community events may be held if the number of people attending does not exceed 500, unless protocols and higher attendance is approved by public health.
  • Museums may operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum.
    • If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required for movie theatres and concert halls - they may open with no other restrictions.

  • May open without restrictions. Mask use is required.

  • Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age and older to attend indoor and outdoor dining.
  • Food courts must follow these same regulations. They will have a grace period until September 7, 2021 to meet requirement to check proof of vaccination.
  • Individuals are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders.

  • May open as long as the business implements measures outlined in the public health order.

  • Indoor gatherings open to 150 participants or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Outdoor gatherings open to 1,500 people or 50 per cent of the capacity of a place, whichever is lesser. Drive-in services remain unrestricted. Drive-in services continue to be permitted.

  • Regulated professions, massage therapists and athletic therapists can continue to provide services.
  • Non-regulated health services, such as pedorthists and reflexologists, can open with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.
  • Therapeutic care services, such as regulated professions like physician/dentist offices, massage therapists and athletic therapists, as well as non-regulated health services, such as pedorthists and reflexologists, can make their own decisions about mask requirements as they are a private business.

  • Indoor weddings and funerals remain limited to 50 people, or 50 per cent capacity whichever is greater. Effective September 7, proof of vaccination will be required for weddings held in indoor licensed facilities.
  • Outdoor weddings and funerals are limited to 500 people, or if an outdoor venue has a capacity limit, the allowed capacity is 50 per cent or 150 people, whichever is greater.

  • Indoor and outdoor gathering limits apply.

  • May open with proof of vaccination required.
  • Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs.

  • Open to 100 per cent for fully immunized people, with a plan approved by public health.
  • Unvaccinated children under 12 may attend if accompanied by fully vaccinated household members.