Pandemic Response System
 


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

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Provincial Response Level: CRITICAL

On Thursday, November 12, the province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba's most vulnerable citizens.

Changes to existing Public Health Orders will take effect April 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on April 30, 2021.

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


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



Additional Response by Region

Additional Restrictions



CRITICAL

Ochekwi Sipi Personal Care Home, Fisher River Cree Nation: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared/Visitor restrictions in place.
Additional Information on Protocols for Personal Care Homes


Critical

Stony Mountain Institution, Stony Mountain: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared.


Learn more about the additional response by Interlake-Eastern.

Interlake Eastern

 

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...


Critical

St. Anthony’s General Hospital, Psychiatric Unit, The Pas: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared.


Critical

Grassroots Early Learning & Child Care Centre, Thompson: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared.


Critical

Mathias Colomb Cree Nation: CRITICAL

Public health orders that take effect on 12:01 a.m. on March 5, 2021, include:

  • public gatherings are not permitted
  • all businesses must be closed except for those providing essential services
  • community residents are required to stay at home
  • people should only leave their residence to seek testing or medical care, or to send one person from a household for essential supplies
  • people who work in essential services are able to leave their residence for work
  • non-medical masks must be worn outside the home

For more information, view the orders.


Critical

Cross Lake First Nation and Community of Cross Lake: CRITICAL

Public health orders that take effect on 12:01 a.m. on February 13, 2021, include:

  • public gatherings are not permitted
  • all businesses must be closed except for those providing essential services
  • community residents are required to stay at home
  • people should only leave their residence to seek testing or medical care, or to send one person from a household for essential supplies
  • people who work in essential services are able to leave their residence for work
  • non-medical masks must be worn outside the home

For more information, view the orders.


Learn more about the additional response by Northern.

Northern

Additional Restrictions



Critical

Boissevain Health Centre and Evergreen Place Personal Care Home, Boissevain: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Critical

Boissevain School, Boissevain: RESTRICTED

Moved to remote learning


Prairie Mountain

Additional Restrictions


Critical

Boyne Lodge Personal Care Home, Carman: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Critical

Emerson Health Centre, Emerson: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


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

Additional Restrictions


Critical

Personal Care Homes in Winnipeg at CRITICAL

As COVID-19 activity increases, licenced personal care homes (PCHs) in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region have been elevated to Critical.

Outbreak declared/Visitor restrictions in place.
Additional Information on Protocols for Personal Care Homes

  • Extendicare/Oakview Place personal care home
  • Donwood Manor
  • Heritage Lodge Long Term Care Home
  • Lions Personal Care Home
  • Meadowood Manor
  • Riverview Health Centre Personal Care Home

Critical

CN Rail (821 Lagimodiere Blvd.): RESTRICTED

Outbreak declared


Critical

Grace Hospital unit 3 South: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Critical

Health Sciences Centre unit GD4: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Critical

MD Practice Solutions of Manitoba Inc (100-205 Fort St.): RESTRICTED

Outbreak declared. Linked to a Variant of Concern.


Critical

St. Boniface Hospital unit B5: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Learn more about the additional response by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Winnipeg

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 Critical Level


All activities require two metres of physical distancing except for brief exchanges where masks are used, or if non-permeable barriers (e.g., Plexiglas) are in place. Mask use is mandatory in indoor public places.

COVID-19 Prevention Orders at the Critical Level (pdf)


 

  • Individuals identified as having COVID-19 or a close contact of someone with 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.

  •  households can choose one of the following:
    • designating two visitors to their home; or
    • designating a second household so that the two households can visit each other, as long as everyone in the house has authorized those designated individuals to visit.
  • Outdoor visits of up to 10 people only plus members of a household on an outdoor private property.
  • Current orders prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people at an outdoor public place or more than five people at an indoor public place or the common areas of a multi-unit residence..
  • Drive-in events are restricted to household members only, and people may leave their vehicle while observing public health measures.
  • Funerals can have 25 people in addition to the officiant under clear COVID-19 protection protocols. 
  • Weddings can have up to 25 people in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer.

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.

Masks are not required if people are seated at least two metres from others, or if there is a non-permeable physical barrier, such as a plexiglass barrier. However, people need to wear a mask at all times while moving to or from their seated position within the indoor public place.

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 deal with an emergency or medical purpose,
  • to establish their identity, or
  • while household groups are seated at a religious gathering service, are appropriately distanced from other groups, and are not singing.

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; 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.

  • Outdoor physical activities for individuals and immediate households are allowed. However, those participating in outdoor sports or recreational activities must maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other, unless they reside in the same household. Groups of more than 25 cannot gather in an outdoor public space.
  • Organized practices, games and competitions at outdoor sporting facilities may take place, but no multi-team tournaments are permitted.
  • Dressing rooms, warming shacks and other indoor facilities associated with outdoor sporting or recreational activities may open with occupancy limits and physical distancing measures in place.

  • Where non-urgent and elective surgeries and/or procedures may be impacted, patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled appointments or procedures are affected. Patients who are not contacted should show up to their appointments as scheduled.
  • Access to health care facilities (hospitals and personal care homes) by essential care partners, designated family caregivers and general visitors is determined by provincial guidelines developed to balance the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the important role of family and loved ones in the health and wellbeing of patients and residents.

    Guidelines may vary according to the Pandemic Response Level and are regularly reviewed:


  • 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.

  • As per the public health order, 14 days of self-isolation is required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions.
  • Individuals who travelled internationally or inter-provincially must go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days from the date of arrival to Manitoba.
  • All travellers are strongly advised 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 country.
    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 the country and share the location of travel. Travellers 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.
  • See the State of Emergency and Current Public Health Orders page for more information and exemptions to self-isolation.


Sector Based Guidance:


  • any types of business can operate with the exception of indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casinos and bingo halls.

  • retail stores may open with capacity limits of up to 50 per cent or 500 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect.
  • shopping centers or malls may open with capacity limits of up to 50 per cent with other public health measures still in effect.

  • Family child-care homes and child-care centres may be able to open and operate in accordance with applicable legislation.

  • indoor recreation and sporting facilities such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres can open at 25 per cent total capacity, for individual play, group and individual instruction and team practices may take place but no organized games or tournaments, with public health measures in place including for spectators, common areas and locker rooms.
  • gym, fitness centre and pool users must continue to wear a mask while working out and in all other areas of the facility, with the exception of while in a swimming pool.
  • dance, theatre and music facilities can open for a total capacity of 25 per cent.
  • indoor recreational facilities such as arcades, go-kart tracks and children’s facilities can open at 25 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place.
  • day camps for children can operate at 25 per cent capacity with other public health measures in place.

  • Blended learning (in-class and online) for Grades 9 to 12 where distancing cannot be achieved will continue as per status quo.
  • Kindergarten to Grade 8 students may be offered a temporary remote learning option for the duration of the Restricted level (Orange).
  • Schools must ensure two metres of physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, and adjust classroom space as necessary; excess furniture must be removed from classrooms to create additional space; other spaces within schools must be repurposed to accommodate more distancing (e.g., multipurpose rooms, shared spaces, common areas, and libraries).

  • These sites are to be closed under current public health orders.
  • professional theatre groups, dance companies, symphonies and operas to resume rehearsals that are not accessible to members of the public.

  • Museums, art galleries and libraries can operate at 25 per cent capacity.

  • Institutions may operate subject to occupancy limit set out in the orders or offer online or remote learning.

  • Restaurants and licensed premises can open up to 50 per cent capacity, with the following limitations:
    • Tables of up to six household members indoors.
    • Tables of up six from different households outdoors.
  • Businesses other than casinos to resume operating video lottery terminals, with physical distancing measures and barriers in place.

Businesses providing critical services listed in the orders may remain open. If members of the public are permitted to attend the business, they must implement measures to enable physical distancing. Retail businesses that sell or provide goods to the public are limited to 50 per cent capacity. Examples of critical services include businesses related to:

  • maintaining supply chains;
  • providing retail and wholesale services including:
    • food or household consumer goods necessary for the safety, sanitation or operation of residences and businesses, such grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, butcher shops, bakeries, markets and hardware stores;
    • businesses that provide personal protective equipment or protective clothing for use in the workplace;
    • businesses that provide essential goods and services for the health and well-being of animals;
    • gas stations and fuel companies;
    • office supply and service businesses;
    • computer products and related repair and maintenance services; and
    • businesses that hold a retail liquor licence, a manufacturer's licence or a retail cannabis licence;
  • providing accommodations;
  • providing institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance;
  • supporting telecommunications and information technology;
  • providing transportation services;
  • manufacturing and production;
  • supporting agriculture and food production services;
  • construction;
  • finance including banks, credit unions and other financial services;
  • natural resources services;
  • environmental services;
  • utilities and public works;
  • health-care seniors care and social services; and
  • legal services and regulatory services.

It is strongly recommended that households send only one person per household to shop or gather essentials.


  • Personal service businesses, such as those providing hair styling, barbering, manicures, pedicures, electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing or massage services can open at 50 per cent capacity.

  • No social gatherings are permitted. Social contacts are to be limited to household members only.

  • Places of worship can hold regular religious services if a service does not exceed 25 per cent of usual capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Masks may be taken off while household groups are seated at a service, are appropriately distanced from other groups, and are not singing.

  • 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.
  • Personal service businesses, such as those providing massage services, can open at 50 per cent capacity.

  • May have up to 25 people in addition to the officiant under clear COVID-19 protection protocols.

  • May have up to 25 people in addition to an officiant and photographer or videographer.

  • Self-help groups for persons dealing with addictions or other behaviours can hold meetings at 25 per cent capacity of the premise where meetings take place or 25 persons, whichever is lower.

  • Photographers and videographers can offer services to one individual at a time at either a retail location, such as a studio, or a registered home business. They can also provide photography or videography services at weddings or funerals.
  • Photographers and videographers may also provide outdoor services to families, groups or pairs under outdoor gathering rules (either on public or private property with a gathering limit of five persons plus household members on private property or five persons total on public property, with those from different households appropriately distanced). However, photographers and videographers cannot provide individual or family services at indoor home residences.