Restoring Safe Services
 


Restoring Services: Phase 3


Implementation on June 21, 2020.



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Changes in the final Phase Three plan, outlined below, are in addition to those introduced in Phase One and Phase Two. Conditions outlined in earlier phases continue to apply and critical services can continue to operate. Detailed public health guidance for businesses is available at manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring.


If public health results deteriorate or guidelines are not sufficient, Phase 3 measures may be paused and previous measures may be re-introduced.


Change: Indoor gathering limits are increased to up to 50 and outdoor gathering limits are increased to up to 100 people.

Public gatherings of 50 people will be allowed indoors and 100 people outdoors, where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. This change also applies to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals, as well as pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual events. These gatherings must follow public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held.

Larger group sizes are allowed where distinct groups of 50 or 100 can be separated to prevent contact with other groups.

  • The maximum number of people permitted indoors is 50 and outdoors is 100, except where distinct groups of 50 or 100 can be separated to prevent contact with other groups. Indoor gatherings are permitted with a maximum group size of 30 per cent of the site's capacity provided the group can be physically divided into sub-groups of 50 or fewer. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.
  • Larger outdoor gatherings are permitted, provided the gathering can be physically divided into sub-groups of 100 or fewer. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.

People socializing together at indoor or outdoor public settings (e.g., restaurants, bars, patios), as well as at private events (e.g., weddings, funerals), are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre/six foot separation between chairs.

When standing at events, a two metre/six foot separation is also recommended for non-household members. As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or in public or private settings.

Gathering organizers are asked to keep groups contained, and not let new people enter as other people leave. This is to ensure contact tracing can be done if someone tests positive for COVID-19.

It is recognized that peaceful public rallies may take place. In the event these are organized, participants can use medical or non-medical masks and should practice physical distancing of two metres except for brief exchanges.

Guidelines for vocalists, instrumentalists and faith-based organizations are available at: manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidelines.html.

Specific guidelines have been developed in collaboration with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak to ensure physical distancing is followed for drum groups, dancers and singers that are integral to these gatherings and are available when at: manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidelines.html.

People are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild. This means not attending any activities outside of your home.

People are also reminded to use the self-assessment tool or contact Health Links - Info SantÚ for information on getting tested.


Change: Adjustments to people permitted indoors in distinct groups.

Public gatherings of 50 people will be allowed indoors and 100 people outdoors, where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. This change also applies to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals, as well as pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual events. These gatherings must follow public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held.

Larger group sizes are allowed where distinct groups of 50 or 100 can be separated to prevent contact with other groups.

  • Indoor gatherings are permitted with a maximum group size of 30 per cent of the site's capacity provided the group can be physically divided into sub-groups of 50 or fewer. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.
  • Larger outdoor gatherings are permitted, provided the gathering can be physically divided into sub-groups of 100 or fewer and are limited to 30 per cent of the site's usual capacity. While some outdoor venues may have defined capacity, others may require the use of reasonableness or 30 per cent of prior capacity at an event.. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.

People socializing together at indoor or outdoor public settings (e.g., restaurants, bars, patios), as well as at private events (e.g., weddings, funerals), are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre/six foot separation between chairs.

When standing at events, a two metre/six foot separation is also recommended for non-household members. As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or in public or private settings.

Gathering organizers are asked to keep groups contained, and not let new people enter as other people leave. This is to ensure contact tracing can be done if someone tests positive for COVID-19.

It is recognized that peaceful public rallies may take place. In the event these are organized, participants can use medical or non-medical masks and should practice physical distancing of two metres except for brief exchanges.

Guidelines for vocalists, instrumentalists and faith-based organizations are available at: manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidelines.html.

SPeople are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild. This means not attending any activities outside of your home.

People are also reminded to use the self-assessment tool or contact Health Links - Info SantÚ for information on getting tested.


New Guidance

Public gatherings of 50 people will be allowed indoors and 100 people outdoors, where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. This change also applies to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals, as well as pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual events. These gatherings must follow public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held.

Larger group sizes are allowed where distinct groups of 50 or 100 can be separated to prevent contact with other groups.

  • Indoor gatherings are permitted with a maximum group size of 30 per cent of the site's capacity provided the group can be physically divided into sub-groups of 50 or fewer. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.
  • Larger outdoor gatherings are permitted, provided the gathering can be physically divided into sub-groups of 100 or fewer and are limited to 30 per cent of the site's usual capacity. While some outdoor venues may have defined capacity, others may require the use of reasonableness or 30 per cent of prior capacity at an event. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.

People socializing together at indoor or outdoor public settings (e.g., restaurants, bars, patios), as well as at private events (e.g., weddings, funerals), are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre/six foot separation between chairs.

When standing at events, a two metre/six foot separation is also recommended for non-household members. As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or in public or private settings.

Gathering organizers are asked to keep groups contained, and not let new people enter as other people leave. This is to ensure contact tracing can be done if someone tests positive for COVID-19.

It is recognized that peaceful public rallies may take place. In the event these are organized, participants can use medical or non-medical masks and should practice physical distancing of two metres except for brief exchanges.

Specific guidelines have been developed in collaboration with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak to ensure physical distancing is followed for drum groups, dancers and singers that are integral to these gatherings and are available when at: manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidelines.html.

People are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild. This means not attending any activities outside of your home.

People are also reminded to use the self-assessment tool or contact Health Links - Info SantÚ for information on getting tested.


Change: Residents of Western Canada and Northwestern Ontario do not need to self-isolate for 14 days when entering Manitoba.

Anyone entering Manitoba from designated western Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) or Northwestern Ontario (defined as west of Terrace Bay) is not required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are asymptomatic and have no known exposure to COVID-19.

Travellers from all other Canadian jurisdictions will need to continue to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Manitoba. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry.

Consideration will be given to lifting self-isolation requirements in the future for sectors that propose and provide satisfactory plans to address public health requirements for necessary travel.


Change: People employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team based in Manitoba may enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Players, coaches, managers, training staff and medical personnel employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team based in Manitoba may return to Manitoba for work without self-isolating for 14 days if they are asymptomatic.

Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry.

When traveling, people are encouraged to ensure frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing and can choose to wear medical or non-medical masks.

They may also attend the team's facilities for the purposes of training and practising, provided that no members of the public are permitted to enter those facilities.

Public health officials may consider allowing media to attend the team's facilities for broadcast purposes of training and practising, provided that no members of the public are permitted to enter those facilities.


Change: Groups can increase to the maximum capacity of the facility.

Centres can return to their regular licensed capacity, provided that measures can be taken to comply with guidelines that are being revised to address the increased group sizes through consultation with public health officials and key providers. This will include consideration of adjustments to current guidelines for use of communal space and drop off and pick up of children.

Families who have accessed a child care space under the temporary child care program as a critical service worker or as part of the re-opening of the economy will continue to have access to their current space until August 31, 2020, at which time they will be asked to be find alternate arrangements, including returning to their usual centre where applicable in order to support a coordinated process for families to return to pre-pandemic child care arrangements. Child care centres are encouraged to reach out to existing clients to assist with these transitions. All families who are planning to resume their child care arrangements with their child care centre in the coming weeks or on August 31, 2020 are encouraged to contact their centre to confirm these plans.


Change: Group size restrictions are adjusted.

Day camps may continue to operate. The maximum number of children per group is 50. Where possible, camps should maintain occupancy and design activities to allow children and staff to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Choirs, band camps or musical theatre activities will not be allowed, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing as compared to speaking. Overnight camps are not permitted in Phase Three.


Change: Actively planning for the fall.

Classroom learning remains suspended for the remainder of this school year. However, schools are now open for staff and specific programs, provided students and staff maintain physical distancing. Summer school and day camp programming is also permitted.

Preparedness and safety of students, staff and families is paramount. Manitoba Education is developing a re-opening strategy considering multiple public health scenarios and will work collaboratively with school divisions on detailed plans. Parents and students will have the opportunity to complete a survey to offer their feedback and to inform the back-to-school strategy. Information will be provided to school, teachers and parents in time to prepare for the resumption of classes in the new school year.

In collaboration with the Manitoba Teacher's Society, an online survey of teachers was conducted in early June and results are pending.


Change: Actively planning for fall.

Post-secondary institutions and vocational colleges may provide learning in settings where learning and/or research requires hands-on experience. Examples may include, but are not limited to, laboratories, studios, trades instructions and practicums.

Facilities may plan to fully open by the fall with different strategies such as more video-based learning to reduce class sizes to ensure they are able to maintain physical distancing. Institutions will make decisions on the actual level of in-person, on-campus activity based on their unique layout and plans.


New Guidance

Permanent outdoor amusement parks may operate provided access can be controlled and physical distancing of two metres/six feet can be maintained except for brief exchanges. Site capacity should be at 50 per cent of the site's usual capacity.

Operations must maintain enhanced cleaning protocol for frequently-touched surfaces between rides, and riders should be spaced out to ensure physical distancing. Cleaning/disinfection of any shared equipment should take place between users. Eating spaces must follow the same protocols as restaurants.

Outdoor amusement parks include mechanical rides, mini-golf, climbing apparatus and other similar structures.

Temporary or travelling amusement parks including those that are usually set up at shopping malls or community fairs, are not permitted in Phase Three.

Specific guidelines are being developed to ensure physical distancing is followed and will be available online at: manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring when final.


Change: The capacity of golf carts is increased.

A maximum of four golfers per group is allowed and two people per golf cart. Two persons are allowed in small fishing boats and pleasure craft.


Change: Removing restrictions on travellers from western Canada.

Anyone entering Manitoba from western Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) and Northwestern Ontario (west of Terrace Bay) are allowed to travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel from within Manitoba.

Travellers are to follow the same guidelines in place for Manitobans travelling to these sites, including:

  • Do not travel if you or any of your family members require medical care or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing). If you have any symptoms, use the screening tool before you travel to see if you need to be tested.
  • If you or anyone with you begins to feel ill or experiences COVID-19 symptoms, return home immediately.
  • Do not use local health providers, unless it is an emergency.
  • In the event of a medical emergency requiring evacuation, be sure you can contact local authorities. Emergency contact information varies by region. Ensure you collect and take this information with you before you leave home.
  • Bring required prescription drugs and medical supplies.

Anyone travelling to northern Manitoba must continue to respect any restrictions that have been put in place by local communities and First Nations.


Change: Indoor occupancy levels revised.

Community centres and other multi-purpose facilities such as arenas and town halls can have a higher indoor occupancy level. The maximum number of people permitted per site is 50, except where discrete groups of 50 can be separated to prevent contact with other groups through the use of separate exits and/or staggered drop off schedules and monitoring the facility to avoid congestion and inter-mingling of groups in common areas. The maximum size of gatherings with sub groups should not exceed 30 per cent of the sites capacity to a maximum of 300.


Change: Indoor occupancy levels revised.

Seniors are at increased risk of more serious complications from COVID-19 disease. Where group activities are necessary, consider further limiting group sizes from the allowed limit of 50 people indoors, to 25 people or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is fewer. This will further reduce the exposure of seniors to a large number of individuals.


Change: People employed by or affiliated with a film production may enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Cast members, crew members and others employed by or affiliated with a film production may visit Manitoba for work without self-isolating for 14 are asymptomatic. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry.

Wherever possible, productions should take all reasonable steps to ensure the cast, employees and members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.


Change: Occupancy limits removed.

Occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres are removed for retail businesses. These businesses may continue to operate if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.


Change: Occupancy limits are lifted.

These businesses may fully operate if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

These businesses may fully reopen patios and indoor spaces, as long as tables and seating are arranged so there is a permanent or temporary physical barrier or a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

Bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses must continue to implement measures to ensure that members of the public are seated at a table, and are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Standing service is not allowed. Dance floors are to remain closed.


Change: Occupancy limits lifted for all health professions.

Occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres can be lifted for regulated and non-regulated health professions, including registered massage therapists.

Service providers must continue to implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.


New Guidance

Activities must enable patrons to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels and limit congregation of groups.

These businesses and services should review workplace guidance for business owners, which is available at: manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. Key guidelines include:

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work. sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/.
  • Signage should be posted to advise employees and customers that they are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms. Signage is available at: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/resources/index.html.
  • Staff are given information about physical distancing.
  • Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where service is provided or lines form.
  • Entry into the business, including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use.
  • Sitting or standing at counters is not allowed unless a two metre separation between groups can be maintained.
  • A distance of two metres/six feet is required between patrons at tables or other stations.
  • Surfaces such as terminals, game equipment, tables, chairs and booths must be cleaned and sanitized between customers.
  • Food services should follow applicable restaurant guidelines (see Phase One - Restaurant Guidelines).
  • Common use items should be removed unless they can be cleaned between customers.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for frequent cleaning of the facility is in place.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.