Pandemic Response System

About the Pandemic Response System

The Pandemic Response System informs Manitobans of the current level of risk, provides public health guidance to Manitobans and explain the range of measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

This page outlines what restrictions and actions may be considered at this stage. This is not an indication of the current level in Manitoba, or any of its regions.

The province will update the provincial response level in response to the spread of the virus and other public health indicators.

To view the current alert levels, visit the Pandemic Response System main page.



The province would consider applying this alert level if:

  • Extensive community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring and is not contained.
  • There are widespread outbreaks and new clusters that cannot be controlled through testing and contact tracing.
  • The virus is being transmitted at levels that public health and the health system deem concerning or critical

Range of Response Measures

The following may be considered if this alert level is applied:

  • Gathering sizes may be extremely limited.
  • Non-essential workplaces may be ordered to close.
  • Additional travel restrictions may be in place, based on COVID-19 transmission in other jurisdictions or the risk of COVID-19 being imported into Manitoba.
  • Emergency health system capacity may need to be activated.
  • Non-urgent surgeries and diagnostic procedures may be postponed or cancelled.
  • Therapeutic health care businesses, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists, podiatrists, therapeutic massage therapists and acupuncturists, may have additional restrictions such as only providing emergent or urgent services.
  • Additional restrictions to visitation in hospitals, long-term care, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities may be in place.
  • Post-secondary institutions may be closed with electronic learning tools in place.
  • K-12 schools may be closed for in-class learning except for children of essential workers in grades K to 6.
  • Day care centres may be closed with limited home-based child care and services only available with occupancy limits including for children of essential workers.
  • Day camps may be ordered to close.
  • Seasonal campgrounds, vacation cabins and yurts may be ordered to close.
  • Retail businesses may only be open for essential services.
  • Public food establishments, such as restaurants, cafeterias, cafes and similar businesses may be ordered to close, except for take-out, delivery and drive-thru options.
  • Bars, lounges and similar establishments may be ordered to close except for take-out, delivery and drive-thru options.
  • Casinos may be closed.
  • Personal service establishments may be ordered to close except for essential services.
  • Hair stylists/barbers may be ordered to close.
  • Public/private indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs and gyms may be ordered to close (This would not apply to residential pools).
  • Dance studios and performance spaces may be ordered to close. * Museums, galleries and libraries may be ordered to close.
  • Playgrounds, skate parks, golf courses, tennis courts, driving ranges, marinas, drive-in movie theatres and other similar recreation facilities may be ordered to close.

Detailed Description of Levels

  • At all levels, all Manitobans should follow these public health fundamentals.
  • Always stay at home when you’re sick, even if mildly ill.
  • Enhanced personal hygiene, including:
    • regular and thorough handwashing;
    • covering your nose and mouth with tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
    • avoid sharing food or drinks; and,
    • avoid touching your face.

People at higher risk of complications due to COVID-19 to take extra precautions and avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.

Manitobans should wear masks in indoor settings where social distancing is not possible.

People with COVID-19 symptoms may contact Health Links - Info Santé for testing directions or go directly to a designated site to get tested.


For a detailed description of the four levels and what they mean to you, read Manitoba’s COVID-19 Response Level System Summary (pdf).

Pandemic Response System