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State of Emergency


NEW Last updated: June 26, 2020

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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. This order was extended on April 20th, May 17th, 2020 and June 15, 2020.

The chief provincial public health officer issued new public health orders on April 30, 2020, May 29, 2020, June 18, 2020 and June 25, 2020. The new orders will continue the mandate that anyone entering Manitoba, regardless of whether it was from another country or another province must self-isolate for 14 days until such time as the orders are terminated by the chief provincial public health officer.

In general, anyone arriving in Manitoba is required to self-isolate for 14-days upon arrival to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, there are exceptions to this requirement specified in the order.

In addition, Manitoba residents who have travelled to western Canada* or northwestern Ontario** are exempt if they have not travelled outside of western Canada or northwestern Ontario and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Residents of western Canada or northwestern Ontario are also exempt, if they have not travelled to another country or any part of Canada outside of western Canada or northwestern Ontario in the 14-day period immediately before entering or arriving in Manitoba and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

*Western Canada means British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. (as defined in the order).

**northwestern Ontario means that portion of Ontario that is located west of Terrace Bay (as defined in the order)

Individuals who are exempt from the self-isolation order should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and notify their employer (as applicable) should they develop symptoms. This includes:

  • transporters of goods and people such as truckers and pilots
  • people traveling to facilitate shared parenting arrangements
  • people traveling for emergency medical purposes
  • people travelling to Western Canada and northwestern Ontario for business or recreational purposes.

They should:

  • maintain an appropriate physical distance from others
  • follow all general public health measures (e.g., hand hygiene, cough etiquette, etc.) where possible, avoid settings where physical distancing is not possible.

Appropriate precautions should be taken to protect close contacts who are at highest risk of serious complications from COVID-19 (i.e., people older than 60 years and those living with chronic conditions), including requirements relating to visiting persons in an acute care or long-term care facility.

Professional athletes and team members (players, coaches, managers, training and technical staff and medical personnel) employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team from Manitoba are also exempt from the self-isolation requirements as well as film production crew members (cast and crew) if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Out-of-province workers arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14-days upon their arrival UNLESS they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 and they are providing vital services. This includes:

  • workers such as health care providers
  • police and correctional officers
  • national defence personnel
  • persons responsible for construction or maintenance of water control works, highways, bridges, hydro-electric generating stations and electrical infrastructure, waste water treatment and sewage facilities and telephone and Internet services

In addition, individuals engaged in the construction or maintenance of any building, structure or other project, are also exempt if the failure to complete the construction or maintenance on a timely basis would pose a threat to persons, property or the environment if  they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

It is the responsibility of, the employer to determine if it is absolutely necessary for the worker to immediately begin work upon entering Manitoba (e.g. no one else is available to perform their function) and to implement appropriate workplace health and safety measures in the workplace. Employers should consult with occupational health or Workplace Safety and Health prior to their arrival to ensure appropriate steps are taken to mitigate the potential risk to others in the workplace.

Please see the order for additional information.




The order prohibiting travel to northern Manitoba (north of the 53rd parallel of latitude) and to remote communities that are not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road has been terminated effective June 26, 2020. However, anyone travelling to northern Manitoba should continue to respect any restrictions that have been put in place by local communities and First Nations.




The public health order  issued on June 18, 2020 took effect on June 21, 2020.

The order increases the limits on the number of people that may attend indoor and outdoor gatherings and events and enables the implementation of Phase Three of the province’s plan to safely restore services in Manitoba as outlined in Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap.

The new public health order issued on June 25, 2020 will take effect on June 26, 2020 and will continue the increased limits on the number of people that may attend indoor and outdoor gatherings and events set out in the June 18, 2020 order.  It will also enable the public to attend races held at horse and car race tracks and professional sports events subject to the limits in the order relating to indoor and outdoor gatherings and events. 

Please see the orders for information on the new limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings and events and the businesses that can reopen and the services that can resume and the conditions applicable to those businesses and services and a list of the businesses that cannot resume at this time.




June 26, 2020
Orders Under the Public Health Act - COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)
Self-Isolation Order For Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf)

 

June 15, 2020
News Release:
State of Emergency to be Further Extended to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Work
The Emergency Measures Act

 

May 14, 2020
Order re Temporary Suspension of Corporate Meeting Provisions
Order re Temporary Suspension of In-Person Commissioning and Witnessing Provisions
Order re Temporary Suspension of Marriage Fee Provisions
Additional Enforcement Personnel Regulation

 

April 29, 2020
Public Health Orders Orders Restricting Staff Movement at Personal Care Homes (pdf 96 KB)



Enforcement Information

Public health officials continue to educate businesses and the public about the steps they need to take to ensure compliance with orders made under The Public Health Act and The Emergency Measures Act.

However, the province has made amendments to the Preset Fines and Offence Descriptions Regulation (PFODR) under The Provincial Offences Act (POA) to allow enforcement officers to issue tickets with set fines for failure to comply with the emergency orders.

Effective immediately, fine amounts will be set at $486 for tickets issued to individuals, including sole proprietorships and partnerships, and $2,542 for tickets issued to corporations.




Past Public Health Orders

June 18, 2020
Orders Under the Public Health Act - COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf 261KB)
Self-Isolation Order For Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf 225KB)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf 222KB)

May 29, 2020
COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf)

May 21, 2020
COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf)

May 14, 2020
News Release: Province Introduces New, Temporary Orders Under Provincial State of Emergency

May 5, 2020
Orders Under Section 67 of the Public Health Act (pdf 183 KB)

April 20, 2020
News Release
: COVID-19 Bulletin #57
Extension of State of Emergency in the Province of Manitoba (pdf 1 MB)

April 30, 2020
Orders Under Section 67 of the Public Health Act (pdf 183 KB)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf 159 KB)
Orders Under Section 67 of the Public Health Act - In effect May 1, 2020 to May 4, 2020 (pdf 171 KB)
Self-Isolation Order For Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf 95 KB)

April 20, 2020
Self-Isolation Order for Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf 401 KB)

April 16, 2020
News Release: COVID-19 Bulletin #53
Self-Isolation Order for Persons Entering Manitoba (87 KB pdf)
Orders under section 67 of The Public Health Act (pdf 163 KB)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf 150 KB)

April 13, 2020
Orders under section 67 of The Public Health Act (pdf 10.8 MB)

March 30, 2020
News Release: Manitoba Government Permitting Former Nurses to Practice During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ministerial Order Pursuant to Section 7 of the Regulated Health Professions Act (pdf 977 KB)
News Release: Manitoba Restricts Operations of Non-Critical Businesses in New Public Health Order
Orders under section 67 of The Public Health Act (pdf 3 MB)

March 27, 2020
Orders under section 67 of The Public Health Act (pdf 159 KB)

March 20, 2020
News Release: March 20, 2020 - Manitoba Government Declares State of Emergency to Protect the Public, Reduce Spread of COVID-19
Declaration of State of Emergency in the Province of Manitoba (pdf 479 KB)
Orders under section 67 of The Public Health Act (pdf 3 MB)




Frequently Asked Questions


Why did the Manitoba government declare a state of emergency?

The Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act on March 20, 2020 and it has been since been extended multiple times. On June 15, 2020, the declaration was extended for a 30-day period. The state of emergency is in place to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What is the difference between a state of emergency and a public health order?

A state of emergency allows the government to take quick action to support Manitobans when they need it most. Public health orders include actions required to reduce the threat to the public health of all Manitobans and are issued by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer under The Public Health Act.

Where can I find the public health orders in place?

The public health orders can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

Where can I find information on Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services?

Information related to Phase Three can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html.

What powers does the Manitoba government have after declaring a state of emergency?

The declaration enables the government to act quickly on a broad range of supportive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to allow for greater flexibility during the pandemic and give Manitobans the time they need to work around the interruptions this pandemic has caused.

Where can I get a copy of the Emergency Measures Act to learn more about a state of emergency?

You can read more on the Emergency Measures Act and a state of emergency online at https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/e080e.php


Will enforcement continue during the re-opening phases?

Yes, as restrictions are eased, the oversight, investigation and enforcement of violations will become increasingly more important. Penalties for violations for individuals or corporations under the legislation range from fines of up to $50,000 or $500,000 and/or six months or up to a year imprisonment. Tickets can also be issued for violations under any of the orders in the amount of $486 for individuals and $2,542 for corporations. Officials will continue with the system of escalating enforcement, including education, warnings and tickets.

Who can I contact if I witness someone not following a public health order?

We are relying on Manitobans to do their part. In Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made by calling: 311 or by email at 311@winnipeg.ca, or Twitter: @cityofwinnipeg and outside of Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry (MGI) inquiry line at 204-945-3744 or by email at mgi@gov.mb.ca.

NEW Are businesses permitted to allow events larger than the public gathering restrictions?

No, businesses hosting events, including a restaurant, banquet hall, hotel or other facility, must ensure that the event is conducted in accordance with the requirements respecting public gatherings. Staff and officiants are included towards the number of individuals at the gathering. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

NEW How many people can attend a public gathering such as a wedding or funeral?

Effective June 21st, 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. Larger group sizes are allowed where distinct groups of 50 or fewer indoors or 100 or fewer outdoors are physically divided into separate areas, and individuals in each separate area are prevented from coming into close proximity with one another during the gathering or event as well as when entering or leaving , The maximum total group size is 30 per cent of the site’s usual capacity. 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 should follow the relevant public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held. Guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

Will there be large public gatherings like music festivals this summer?

There will be no large gatherings or events until at least September 2020. As the situation evolves, Manitoba public health officials will make decisions based on evidence at that time.



Travel Restrictions


NEW I am out of the province visiting family; do I have to self-isolate when I return to Manitoba?

Under the self-isolation order, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba if you are not returning from a designated western Canadian jurisdiction (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) or Northwestern Ontario (defined as the portion of Ontario located west of Terrace Bay). Those coming from a designated western Canadian jurisdiction or Northwestern Ontario may only enter Manitoba if they are asymptomatic, have no known exposure to COVID-19 and have not travelled to another country or any part of Canada outside of western Canada or Northwestern Ontario in the 14-day period immediately before entering Manitoba. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

NEW I am from out of province and want to come to Manitoba to see my mother who is seriously ill in the hospital; do I have to self-isolate when I come to Manitoba?

If you do not fit within a specific exception to the self-isolation order, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when you come to Manitoba.  However, under the order, you are permitted to visit your mother in the hospital, if the hospital approves your visit in advance and you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

NEW I work for a professional sports team, am I required to self-isolate for 14 days upon my entry to Manitoba?

Players, coaches, managers, training and technical staff and medical personnel employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team based in Manitoba are not required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.  Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

NEW I work in film production, am I required to self-isolate for 14 days upon my entry to Manitoba?

Cast members, crew members and others employed by or affiliated with a film production may visit Manitoba for work without self-isolating for 14 days if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

NEW Do out-of-province workers have to self-isolate upon their arrival to Manitoba?

Anyone entering Manitoba from designated western Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) or Northwestern Ontario (defined the portion of Ontario located west of Terrace Bay) is not required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are asymptomatic and have not travelled to another country or any part of Canada outside of western Canada or Northwestern Ontario in the 14-day period immediately before entering Manitoba. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry.

I am wanting to travel to Manitoba to go camping and understand I have to self-isolate upon my arrival; can I self-isolate at my campsite? 

Those required to self-isolate upon their arrival to Manitoba cannot do so at a campsite. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

Out-of-province workers arriving in Manitoba from outside a designated western Canadian jurisdiction (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) or Northwestern Ontario (defined as the area of Ontario located west of Terrace Bay) are required to self-isolate for 14-days upon their arrival UNLESS they are not displaying symptoms of COVID19 and they:

  • are providing vital services, including workers such as health care providers, police and correctional officers, and national defence personnel;
  • are responsible for construction or maintenance of water control works, highways, bridges, hydro-electric generating stations and electrical infrastructure, waste water treatment and sewage facilities and telephone and Internet services;
  • are engaged in the construction or maintenance of any building, structure or other project, if the failure to complete the construction or maintenance on a timely basis would pose a threat to persons, property or the environment; or
  • have completed the period of isolation required under an emergency order made under the Quarantine Act (Canada) elsewhere in Canada and travelled directly to Manitoba after the quarantine ends.

It is the responsibility of, the employer to determine if it is absolutely necessary for the worker to immediately start working (e.g. no one else is available to perform their function) and to implement appropriate workplace health and safety measures in the workplace. Their employer should consult with occupational health or Workplace Safety and Health prior to their arrival to ensure appropriate steps are taken to mitigate the potential risk to others in the workplace. If required immediately to work, out-of-province workers should self isolate outside of work for the first 14 days of their arrival, and follow self-isolation guidelines, except those workers who have completed the period of isolation under the Quarantine Act before travelling directly to Manitoba. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

My business is located close to the Manitoba border; do I have to self-isolate after I travel across the border for business related activities?

Effective June 21st, anyone entering Manitoba from designated western Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) or Northwestern Ontario (defined as the portion of Ontario west of Terrace Bay) is not required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are asymptomatic, have no known exposure to COVID-19 and have not travelled to another country or any part of Canada outside of western Canada or Northwestern Ontario in the 14-day period immediately before entering Manitoba. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry.

I live in Manitoba but have a seasonal residence across the border; can I travel to my seasonal residence and do I have to self-isolate when I return?

Effective June 21st, Manitoba residents who have travelled to designated western Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories) or Northwestern Ontario (defined as the portion of Ontario west of Terrace Bay) are not required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return if they are asymptomatic, have no known exposure to COVID-19 and have not travelled to another country or any part of Canada outside of western Canada or Northwestern Ontario in the 14-day period immediately before entering Manitoba. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for self-isolation at the time of entry.

I share custody of a child and my partner lives outside of Manitoba; does my child have to self-isolate when returning to Manitoba?

People who travel outside of Manitoba for shared parentings arrangements, including children, do not have to self-isolate if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

I am required to self-isolate in Manitoba; can I leave my house to get medication or food?

Yes, if it is not possible to have such items delivered, you may leave you place of residence to undertake essential errands such as getting medication or food. However, on your errand you must maintain a distance of at least two metres from other people and immediately return to your place of residence when you have completed your errand. 

I am traveling to Manitoba for an emergency medical procedure; do I have to self-isolate?

People traveling into Manitoba for emergency medical purposes do not have to self-isolate for 14 days prior to their emergency medical procedure. However, if at anytime they develop symptoms of COVID-19 they would be required to self-isolate and immediately contact a health care provider. They should maintain an appropriate physical distance from others, and follow all general public health measures (e.g., hand hygiene, cough etiquette, etc.) and where possible, avoid settings where physical distancing is not possible. Appropriate precautions should be taken to protect close contacts who are at highest risk of serious complications from COVID-19 (i.e., people older than 60 years and those living with chronic conditions), including the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days prior to visiting persons in an acute care or long-term care facility.

I am a truck driver transporting goods through Manitoba; do I have to self-isolate?

People who are transporting goods and materials into or through Manitoba are not required to self-isolate if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and notify their employer (as applicable) should they develop symptoms. They should maintain an appropriate physical distance from others, and follow all general public health measures (e.g., hand hygiene, cough etiquette, etc.) and where possible, avoid settings where physical distancing is not possible. Appropriate precautions should be taken to protect close contacts who are at highest risk of serious complications from COVID-19 (i.e., people older than 60 years and those living with chronic conditions), including the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days prior to visiting persons in an acute care or long-term care facility.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

These could be mild cold or flu-like symptoms including a fever, sore throat, coughing, or more serious symptoms including shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Symptoms can also include headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, loss of appetite, poor feeding if an infant, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and skin rashes.
Symptoms of COVID-19 or other coronaviruses may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

What should a person do if they have symptoms of COVID-19?

A person who develops symptoms can use the on-line COVID-19 Screening Tool available at sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19 to determine whether their symptoms meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing, or call Health Links-Info Santé or 911 if it is an emergency. Anyone with symptoms is eligible for COVID-19 testing and may go directly to the nearest COVID-19 testing location during their open hours. For the testing site nearest you, please visit gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.


NEW Can I travel to northern Manitoba?

Effective June 26th, the Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities is no longer in effect. However, individuals traveling into Manitoba from out of province are still required to follow the Self-Isolation Order for Person Entering Manitoba. Individuals, who are exempt from the self-isolation order, should still self-monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate should they develop symptoms. Additional information about the travel restrictions in place and list of exceptions can be viewed online at manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.



Frequently Asked Questions by Specific Sector

Information has been developed to support businesses permitted to operate as per Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, while reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among employees, volunteers and patrons.


NEW I 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, am I going to lose my child care placement?

Families who have accessed a child care space under the temporary child care program 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.

I operate a child care centre; can I open?

Effective June 21st, licensed childcare 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. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  


What health services will I be able to access?

The order does not restrict the operations or delivery of publicly funded health care operations and services, including hospitals, health centres, personal care homes, ambulance services, medical clinics, RAAM Clinics, access centres, home care services, public health services, midwifery services, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging and mental health and addictions treatment.

This also includes other businesses that provide health services that are not publicly funded such as assisted living, supportive housing, private personal support services or home care services, mental health or addictions treatment, including counselling and residential services for people with physical or mental disabilities.

In addition, the order does not restrict the operations of pharmacies, medical supply businesses and businesses, which sell, rent or repair assistive devices, mobility devices or medical devices, and other similar devices or supplies. The order also does not restrict the provision of medical services, nursing services and midwifery services. Subject to further direction from their respective regulatory bodies, regulated health professionals such as dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists will no longer be subject to restrictions in terms of the in person services they can provide.

When will regulated health professionals like physiotherapists, dentists, chiropractors and optometrists be able to offer in-person services?

Subject to further direction from their respective regulatory bodies, regulated health professionals such as dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists are no longer subject to restrictions in terms of the in person services they can provide.

Can therapeutic massage be offered at this time?

Individuals who provide therapeutic massage may resume services. As of June 21st, previous occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres are lifted for registered massage therapists.  Regulated health professionals are not currently subject to occupancy limits.  Businesses that provide massage services, which are not provided by a registered massage therapist, will continue to be subject to occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres  Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

Can churches provide a drive-in service?

Religious or other organizations, as well as drive-in movie theatres may hold outdoor events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles or stay immediately outside of their vehicle in a manner that ensures that they are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons attending the event. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can people keep their windows rolled down at outdoor drive-in events?

Windows and sunroofs may be open, however doors and trunks should remain closed. If people are standing outside of their vehicles, the windows of the vehicle next to them should remain closed. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can drive-in movie theatres open to the public?

Drive-in movie theatres may be open to the public at this time. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  


NEW Can professional team sports resume?

Players, coaches, managers, training staff and medical personnel employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team may attend at the team's facilities. Organized activities can resume as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning. If members of the public are permitted to attend facilities to watch games, the facility operator must ensure that they comply with the limits on public gatherings.  Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Will team sports be modified to ensure physical distancing?

Organized sports can resume as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning of equipment and indoor spaces.  All activities will require some modification from their usual operations. In particular, individual or group activities that have close prolonged face-to-face contact (e.g. boxing, football) are higher risk, and will require modification of the sport or activity to minimize this type of contact. Each sports organization and/or facility must establish a plan for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Guidance on performing a risk assessment for different sports and establishing plans is available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.


NEW Can horse race tracks open to the public?

Effective June 26th, horse race tracks or motor vehicle race tracks can reopen to the public. The operator of the track must ensure that if members of the public are permitted to attend the race track they comply with limits related to public gatherings. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

What support programs are available for businesses?

Many businesses and not-for-profits in Manitoba are facing significant challenges due to COVID-19. If you're one of them, the Manitoba Economic Support Centre is here for you. To speak with a service representative at the Manitoba Economic Support Centre call 1-888-805-7554. Additional information can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/index.html

I own a retail business; can I accept cash?

Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.

Can retail businesses accept exchanges or returns of items?

At this time, businesses can allow the return or exchange of items; however, cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible. The return or exchange of goods is up to the discretion of the business.

I own a retail business: are there any guidelines that I need to follow?

Retail businesses may open if the operator of the business implements measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the business. Additional guidelines for retail businesses can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can shopping malls open to the public?

Shopping centres and malls may open, but occupancy in any food court must be restricted to 75% of the usual capacity. Retail businesses may reopen if the operator of the business implements measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the business. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can marinas open to the public?

Yes, marinas may open to the public. Marinas must ensure all those attending can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres between each other. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can garden supply stores open to the public?

Yes, businesses that sell bedding plants, seeds and garden supplies can operate. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Will hotels and motels be open?

Yes, hotels and motels will be open for lodging. Restaurant inside the hotel must abide by the orders and guidelines related to food service. Additionally, businesses must ensure that common areas such as pools and fitness facilities are in compliance with the public health orders and guidelines provided by provincial public health officials or should remain closed. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can farmers markets be open?

Farmer’s market can continue to operate. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the market are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can grocery stores be open?

Yes, grocery stores can continue to operate. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the store are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Will I be able to do my banking in person?

Yes, banks can continue to operate. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the bank are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

My pet is sick, are veterinarians able to provide services?

Yes, veterinarians are able to operate under the public health orders in place. 

Can liquor and cannabis stores remain open?

Yes, liquor and cannabis stores can stay open under the public health orders in place. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the store are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

I am having a house built, will the contractor be able to finish?

Yes, residential contractors can continue to provide services related to construction, including renovations and demolitions. 

I need to have my well water tested; will that be possible?

Yes, businesses that provide water testing can continue operations under the public health orders in place.

Can my local food bank remain open?

Yes, organizations that provide food, shelter, and social services can remain open. However, the food bank must ensure that people attending are able to maintain a separation of two metres from each other.

Can I have my septic tank drained during this time?

Yes, septic haulers can continue to operate under the public health orders in place. 

Can I still use my neighbourhood laundromat?

Yes, laundromats can continue operating under the public health orders in place.  However, all laundromats are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the laundromat are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other

Can businesses providing pet grooming services open?

Yes, business that provide pet grooming services can resume. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

Can pawnshops open?

Yes, pawnshops can open. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

Can pharmacies remain open?

Yes, pharmacies can continue to operate. However, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the pharmacy are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

When can libraries open to the public?

Libraries can reopen to the public. However, they have to ensure staff and customers can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

My retail business can open to the public; do I have to limit the number of people allowed in my store?

As of June 21st. the previous occupancy limits on retail businesses will be lifted. Retail businesses must implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonable able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

My business is facing a staffing shortage; can I access the services of a staffing agency?

Yes, staffing agencies can operate under the public health order in place. 

I own a construction company, we are currently working on multiple large projects, can we continue?

Yes, a business engaged in construction work or services in the industrial, commercial or residential sectors can continue operating. However, employees should still follow physical distancing practices as recommended by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer.

I volunteer at an animal shelter; does it have to close?

No, businesses that provide for the health and well-being of animals can continue to operate.

I am an audiologist and provide hearing aids; can I continue to operate?

Yes, businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive devices, mobility devices or medical devices like hearing aids can continue to operate under the public health orders in place.

I own a lawn care business; can I continue to operate?

Yes, lawn care businesses can continue to operate. However, employees should still follow physical distancing practices as recommended by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer.

I operate a property maintenance company; can I continue to operate?

Yes, property maintenance businesses can continue to operate. Workplaces that continue to operate should still follow physical distancing practices as recommended by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer

My business is a vehicle repair shop; can I continue to operate?

Yes, a business that services or repair vehicles can continue to operate under the public health order in place. However, businesses that are open to the public must implement measures to ensure that any person attending is reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from another person.

Can zoos open to the public?

Yes, zoos can continue operations. However, they have to ensure staff and customers can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

When can museums and art galleries open to the public?

Museums and art galleries can open to the public. However, they have to ensure staff and customers can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

I have a business that is open to the public, how can I access personal protective equipment for my staff?

To help reduce the spread of communicable diseases and viruses, including COVID-19, workplaces should have an infection prevention and control plan, the plan may include:

  • encouraging employees to NOT come to work if they are feeling unwell (e.g., coughing, sneezing, fever or runny nose);
  • providing clean handwashing facilities and alcohol-based hand cleansers in multiple locations throughout the building (e.g., entrances, boardrooms and break rooms); and
  • regularly cleaning workstations and objects with disinfectants that are touched frequently, such as doorknobs, handles, elevator buttons and railings. This includes regularly disinfecting electronic devices (e.g., phones, tablets, laptops) with an alcohol (70 per cent) wipe. Workplaces are encouraged to increase the frequency of cleaning workstations and worksites to at least two times per day.

The Manitoba government has partnered with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Manitoba and Winnipeg Chambers of Commerce, and North Forge Technology Exchange to support the development and launch of an online marketplace to connect Manitoba businesses with non-medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and other materials needed for businesses to operate. If you do require personal protective equipment as part of your prevention and control plan please view additional details online at www.B2BManitoba.ca.

I operate a business that is allowed to open can I change my hours to accommodate measures for physical distancing?

The order does not restrict the hours you can operate your business. However, any existing limits on hours remain in force.


Can restaurants open to the public?

Effective June 21st, restaurants and similar food service 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. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.     

In a restaurant can members of different households gather at the same table?

Gatherings in settings such as restaurants should be limited to members of the same household or immediate family. If multiple households do get together, physical distancing should still be practiced. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can bars open to the public?

Effective June 21st, bars, including beverage rooms, brew pubs and micro-brewers 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.  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. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can I order liquor with my takeout order?

Yes, licensed restaurants and commercial facilities can sell liquor with takeout and delivery meal services.

Can restaurants serve customers on an outdoor patio?

Yes, restaurants can serve customers on an outdoor patio 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.. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

What additional guidelines do restaurants have to follow?

Guidelines for restaurants can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can restaurants serve a buffet style?

No, buffets are not allowed. Food and drinks are to be delivered to customers at their table.


Can tattoo parlors open to the public?

Tattoo parlors can resume services at this time if they maintain an occupancy level to allow customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except when receiving services or brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

I own a body waxing salon; can I open to the public?

Body waxing salons can resume services at this time if they maintain an occupancy level to allow customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except when receiving services or brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can tanning salons open to the public?

Tanning salons can resume services at this time if they maintain an occupancy level to allow customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except when receiving services or brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can nail salons open to the public?

Nail salons can resume services at this time if they maintain an occupancy level to allow customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except when receiving services or brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can hair stylists and barbers open to the public?

Hair stylists and barbers can resume services if they maintain an occupancy level to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except when receiving services or brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Do hair stylists have to wear masks? 

Hair stylists are not required to wear masks under the public health orders in place; however, where two metre physical distancing cannot be maintained individuals in the workplace can consider the use of medical or non-medical (e.g. homemade cloth) masks during those interactions, depending on the setting. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW How many people can be in a small boat?

A small boat would be one used by a business where physical distancing of two meters is not reasonable (similar to a golf cart). In this case only two people from separate households would be allowed on the boat. A fish guide or another staff person would count as one of these two people. If individuals are from the same household they can have more than two people on the boat up to the occupancy of the boat as well as one additional person. A fish guide or another staff person would count as this additional person. Boats that can reasonably accommodate physical distancing are not restricted by this guidance. For example, a pontoon boat that can accommodate two meter physical distancing for four people from separate households is not restricted to the limit of two people per boat. Guidance related to small boats and pleasure crafts do not apply to privately owned personal use boats.

NEW Can indoor recreational facilities such as VLT lounges, bingo halls and billiard rooms open at this time?

Effective June 21st, indoor recreational facilities such as VLT lounges, bingo halls and billiard rooms may open. Activities must enable patrons to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Businesses with video lottery terminals must ensure they are spaced two metres apart. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels and limit congregation of groups. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

NEW Can casinos open at this time?

Casinos are required to remain closed under the public health order. However, they may be included in future phases. New phases will be implemented on a three-to-four week basis, ensuring adequate time between phases is provided to monitor cases and ensure easing and further restrictions are able to respond to the evidence of viral transmission. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can indoor movie theatres open at this time?

Indoor movie theatres are required to remain closed under the public health order. However, they may be included in future phases. New phases will be implemented on a three-to-four week basis, ensuring adequate time between phases is provided to monitor cases and ensure easing and further restrictions are able to respond to the evidence of viral transmission. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

When can fitness centres, gyms and training facilities open their indoor spaces to the public?

Fitness centres, gyms and training facilities may reopen at this time 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 organizations are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not be open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can indoor hockey rinks open to the public, including providing one-on-one or group lessons?

Indoor hockey facilities may reopen at this time 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 organizations are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Group lessons may restart and locker rooms and showers (for pool facilities only) may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not be open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can swimming pools open to the public?

Indoor and outdoor swimming pools may reopen at this time 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 organizations are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of the usual capacity. Group lessons may restart and locker rooms and showers (for pool facilities only) may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

What type of indoor sporting and recreational facilities can be open in Phase Three?

At this time, indoor facilities such as hockey rinks, soccer fields, basketball courts and archery and rifle ranges may reopen if members of the public can maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. All facilities will be required to limit occupancy to all portions of the facility where sporting or recreation activities are not conducted to 50 per cent of usual capacity. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

What types of outdoor recreational facilities can open during Phase One?

Playgrounds, skate parks, golf courses, tennis courts, driving ranges and other similar recreation facilities may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. All facilities will be required to limit occupancy to all portions of the facility where sporting or recreation activities are not conducted to 50 per cent of usual capacity. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

My outdoor recreational facility is open to the public; are there any guidelines that I need to follow?

Guidelines for businesses included in the public health orders can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can golf courses open to the public?

Yes, golf courses are allowed to open to the public. However, there will be a maximum of four golfers allowed per group and two people per golf cart. Golfers will be prevented from booking if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

How will golf courses ensure physical distancing between staff and people attending the course is maintained?

To ensure people attending the golf course can maintain a two metre physical distance golf courses will space out groups by monitoring tee time bookings, additional guidelines for golf courses include:

  • regulating entry into buildings to prevent congestion;
  • limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people in common areas;
  • limiting the number of golfers per group to four; and
  • limiting golf carts to two people.

NEW Can amusement parks open to the public?

Effective June 21st, 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 that are usually set up at shopping malls or community fairs are not permitted in Phase Three.


I own a seasonal campground; can I open to the public?

Campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins, can open if people are able to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Amenities such as beverage rooms, pools, hot tubs or fitness centres can open to the public following the restrictions and guidelines outlined in the public health order. Additional information can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

Does physical distancing apply to inside vacation cabins or yurts?

No, physical distancing does not apply inside cabins, yurts or tents. However, people should adhere to the guidelines included in the “Restoring Safe Services” document prior to visiting a park, campground or vacation rental. The document can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

What other guidelines should campground, yurt and vacation cabin businesses follow?

Guidelines for campground or similar businesses can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

My campground or outdoor recreational facility has a restaurant or other food services available onsite; can it be open to the public?

Food establishments, such as restaurants, cafeterias, cafes, street food vendors must follow applicable orders and guidelines.