Pandemic Response System



  • 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

  • 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