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State of Emergency


NEW Last updated: May 21, 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 and May 17th, 2020.

The chief provincial public health officer issued new public health orders on April 30, 2020. The new orders will extend 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 allow for situations in which their work is deemed vital and necessary immediately upon arrival.

Manitoba residents who are exempt from the self-isolation order who routinely leave and return to Manitoba intermittently (i.e., depart and return every few days), 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 and people traveling for emergency medical purposes. 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.

Out-of-province workers arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14-days upon their arrival UNLESS they are providing vital services, the employer deems the worker absolutely necessary to immediately perform the vital service, and it would be to the detriment of Manitobans if they did not work immediately upon their arrival (e.g. no one else is available to perform their function). 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. If required immediately to perform the vital service, out-of-province workers should self isolate outside of work for the first 14 days of their arrival, and follow self-isolation guidelines.

Please see the order for additional information.




In addition, 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 is prohibited until the orders are terminated by the chief provincial public health officer. The orders will continue to provide for some exceptions to this prohibition:

  • Federal or provincial government workers or people working for a provincial government agency or a child and family services authority may continue to travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities if required
  • Health care providers may continue to travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities to provide health care services.
  • People who live in northern and remote communities returning to their home communities or traveling in northern Manitoba
  • The delivery of goods and services for vital businesses listed in the order may continue.
  • People who travel to the north or remote communities for employment with a vital business listed in the schedule to the order, emergency medical treatment or to facilitate child custody agreements.

Please see the order for a complete list of the exceptions.




A new public health order issued on May 21, 2020 increases gathering sizes to 25 people at any indoor premise and 50 people at any outdoor premise where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

The order will take effect on May 22, 2020. The order continues to allow the implementation of Phase One of the province’s plan to safely restore services in Manitoba as outlined in Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap.

Please see the order for a complete list of the businesses that can currently reopen, the services that can currently resume and the conditions applicable to those businesses and services.




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

 

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

 

April 30, 2020
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf 159 KB)
Self-Isolation Order For Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf 95 KB)

 

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

 

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


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

April 30, 2020
Orders Under Section 67 of the Public Health Act (pdf 183 KB)
Orders Under Section 67 of the Public Health Act - In effect May 1, 2020 to May 4, 2020 (pdf 171 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. On April 18, 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.

Where can I find the public health orders in place?

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

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.

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

Public gathering will continue to be restricted to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. This includes events such as social gatherings, worship, weddings or funerals.

When will public gathering size increase?

Any increase of public gathering sizes will be reviewed by public health officials and announced as decisions are made.

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


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. Additional information and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

Who is exempt from the self-isolation order?

The order does not apply to the following groups as long as they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19:

  • people who are transporting goods and materials into or through Manitoba;
  • people who provide vital services, including health care, police officers, emergency service personnel, corrections offices, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, social service workers, elected officials and staff as well as workers engaged in construction or maintenance of critical infrastructure;
  • aircraft and train crew members;
  • people traveling to facilitate shared parenting arrangements under a custody order or agreement, including any children;
  • people traveling for emergency medical purposes;
  • Manitoba residents who regularly travel outside of Manitoba to areas that are close to the border for work, access to health services, or other essential purposes, including access to their property or business, if they restrict their travel to the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local services; and
  • non-Manitoba residents who reside in areas close to the Manitoba border and who regularly travel into Manitoba for work, access to health services, or other essential purposes, including access to their property or business, if they restrict their travel to the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local services.

Do emergency personnel and health care providers have to self-isolate when arriving to Manitoba from out of province?

People who are engaged in vital services in Manitoba, including health care providers, police officers and emergency services personnel are not required to self-isolate upon their arrival if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

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?

No, residents of Manitoba and non-Manitoba residents are not required to self-isolate when entering Manitoba if they are close to the border, regularly travel outside of Manitoba for work and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. However, people are to limit their use of local services to the minimum required and restrict their travel for the purpose of their visit.

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?

Manitoba residents who regularly travel outside of Manitoba to their seasonal residences that are located close to the border do not have to self-isolate when they return to Manitoba if they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. However, people are to limit their use of local services to the minimum required and restrict their travel for the purpose of their visit. Additionally, people traveling outside of Manitoba should review travel orders in the jurisdiction they are visiting.

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.

I traveled outside of Manitoba and I am now self-isolating; 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 meters 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?

No, people traveling into Manitoba for emergency medical purposes do not have to self-isolate for 14 days.

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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

These could be mild cold or flu-like symptoms including a low-grade fever, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, or more serious symptoms including a fever higher than 38.0°C (100.4°F), shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

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

A person who develops a fever higher than 38.0°C (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or any other symptoms during the 14-day self-isolation period, should call Health Links-Info Santé before going to your local urgent care centre or emergency department, or call 911 if it is an emergency.


What is considered to be “northern Manitoba” and a “remote community”?

"Northern Manitoba" refers to the area of Manitoba located north of the 53rd parallel of latitude and includes communities such as Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, Churchill, Lynn Lake and Gillam. A "remote community" refers to a community that is not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road.

I live in a northern Manitoba but I am currently in Winnipeg for work, can I travel home?

Yes, the order that restricts travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities does not apply to people who reside in northern Manitoba or remote communities.

I work for a business in northern Manitoba that has been deemed essential; can I continue to travel into northern Manitoba to work?

Yes, employees of a business listed in the schedule to the order can continue operating, including travel by employees into northern Manitoba.

I operate a business that supplies food and essential items to stores in northern Manitoba; can I continue to travel into northern Manitoba to deliver these items?

Yes, a business that delivers goods to a business listed in the schedule to the order can continue operating, including travel into northern Manitoba.

I live in northern Manitoba; is travel within northern Manitoba restricted?

No, the order does not apply to people who reside in northern Manitoba or a remote community.

I live in Winnipeg and I am planning a trip to northern Manitoba to visit a friend, can I still go on my trip?

No, non-essential travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities is prohibited.

I was planning to move to Northern Manitoba, can I?

Yes, the order that restricts travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities does not apply to people who are travelling to establish a permanent residence.

Who is exempt from the order restricting travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities?

The order restricting travel into northern Manitoba and remote communities does not apply to:

  • people who live in northern Manitoba or a remote community;
  • people traveling to northern Manitoba or a remote community to establish a permanent residence;
  • people traveling in for work for or on behalf of the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba or a crown corporation or other government agency;
  • health care providers that provide health care services in northern Manitoba or remote communities;
  • people who own, operate or are employed by a business listed in the schedule to the order and who are traveling to deliver goods or services or to engage in activities that the business normally conducts;
  • people with shared parenting arrangements under a custody order or agreement or in the course of their duties with a child and family services authority; and
  • people travelling for emergency medical purposes.


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. This document provides overarching advice applicable to all businesses. Read the Workplace Guidance for Business Owners (pdf) for more information.


I operate a child care facility; can I open?

Yes, licensed childcare facilities can continue to provide care to a maximum of sixteen children per centre and home-based childcare providers may provide care to a maximum of eight children. Guidelines for hygiene, infection prevention protocols and other measures should also be implemented. Additional information on childcare services during COVID-19 can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/childcare.html.

I am returning to work; can I access childcare?

Eligibility for childcare has been extended to all Manitobans who are working or returning to work. Manitoba Families will continue to work with the childcare sector to help ensure that families can access childcare if they need it. This includes the grant program administered by the Winnipeg and Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, where childcare workers can receive assistance opening new childcare spaces in their homes or community space. More information on childcare services during COVID-19, including a self-serve childcare website, can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/childcare.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.

In addition, individuals who provide therapeutic massage and acupuncture services may resume providing those services on May 4. Patrons must maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other, except when except when receiving service or for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines that apply can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.  

When can non-urgent surgeries resume?

On April 24, health officials moved to restart elective surgeries and other non-emergent health services. All necessary precautions will be taken to protect staff and patients from the risk of COVID-19 including point of care screening, the use of appropriate protective personal equipment and limiting the number of staff in the room.

When can diagnostic screening such as ultrasounds resume?

Diagnostic screening will resume in phase one which begins on May 4. All necessary precautions will be taken to protect staff and patients from the risk of COVID-19 including point of care screening, the use of appropriate protective personal equipment and limiting the number of staff in the room.

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

On May 4, 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 therapeutic massage and acupuncture services be permitted to resume?

Individuals who provide therapeutic massage and acupuncture services may resume providing those services on May 4. Patrons must maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other, except when except when receiving service or for brief exchanges and limit occupancy to 50 per cent or one person per 10 square metres. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.


My business is open to the public and is included on Schedule A issued with the public health orders; are there any other orders that I have to follow?

Yes, the order states that any business listed on Schedule A that is open to the public must implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

I own a retail business; can I accept cash?

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

My retail business is included on Schedule B; are there any guidelines that I need to follow?

Retail businesses have to ensure staff and customers can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges. Businesses are also required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that is open to the public, whichever is lower. Additionally, they should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work.
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • 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.
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry.
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas. Congregation of people should be actively discouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place.
  • 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.

Will hotels and motels be open?

Yes, hotels and motels will be open for lodging. However, any restaurant inside will only be able to serve delivery, takeaway, or provide service on an outdoor patio. Amenities such as beverage rooms, game rooms, pools, hot tubs or fitness centres are required to close. Additionally, they are required to implement measures to ensure that people attending the hotel and outdoor patio are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two meters from each other and that the outdoor patio is limited to 50% capacity. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can tutoring and other one-on-one educational services continue?

Yes, those offering individualized educational services such as tutoring and music lessons may operate. Lessons must be one-on-one and cannot be taught in groups. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can drive-in movie theatres open to the public?

Yes drive-in movie theatres may open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can fitness centres, personal training services and exercise groups operate?

Fitness centres, personal training services and exercise groups may only offer services in an outdoor setting with no more than 10 participants. All participants must bring their own equipment and participants may not enter into any indoor premises of the business to change, shower, obtain food or beverages or for any other purpose. Those offering these services must ensure all those attending can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres between each other. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can personal trainers provide their clients with equipment?

No, participants must bring their own equipment to training sessions. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Will garden supply stores be 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 meters from each other.

Will farmers markets be open?

Farmer's market that offer essential goods such as groceries and take-out meals 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 meters from each other.

Will 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 meters from each other.

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 meters 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.

Will 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 meters 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.

Will 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 meters 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 meters from each other

Can businesses providing pet grooming services open?

Yes, business that provide pet grooming services can open on May 4. 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 meters 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 meters from each other.

Will pharmacies be 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 meters from each other.

When can libraries open to the public?

Libraries can reopen in phase one which begins on May 4. 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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

What types of retail businesses are allowed to open during phase one?

Retail businesses, such as clothing stores, shoe stores, jewellers, tailors, flower shops, sporting good/adventure stores, vaping supply shops, boat dealers, ATV and snowmobile dealers, gift, book and stationery stores, jewelry and accessory stores, toy stores, music, electronic and entertainment stores and similar businesses may reopen if occupancy levels are maintained in order to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical 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 or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can shopping malls open to the public?

Yes, shopping malls can open to the public. However, they must implement measures to ensure that people attending the shopping mall are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other. Additionally, they are required to limit the number of people at their place of business to 50% of the occupancy or one person per 10 sq. meters of the business premise that is open to the public, whichever is lower. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, guidelines include actions such as regulating entrances into the business to prevent congestion, ensuring hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits and ensuring washrooms have frequent sanitation and a regime for business sanitization. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

My business is included on Schedule B issued with the public health orders; are there any other orders that I have to follow when opening on May 4th?

Yes, the order states that any business listed on Schedule B that is open to the public must implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other. Additionally, they are required to limit the number of people at their place of business to 50% of the occupancy or one person per 10 sq. meters of the business premise that is open to the public, whichever is lower. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

My retail business is included on Schedule B; on May 4th do I have to limit the number of people allowed in my store?

Yes, all businesses included on Schedule B will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of the usual occupancy or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Additionally, businesses are to implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonable able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

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

What types of manufacturing businesses are included on the list “schedule” of exceptions?

All businesses that manufacture or process goods or materials are exempt from the public health orders in place. However, workplaces 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 meters from another person.

Can zoos open to the public?

Zoos may reopen in phase one, which begins on May 4. 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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

When can museums and art galleries open to the public?

Museums and art galleries may reopen in phase one, which begins on May 4. 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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

I have 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.

If you do require personal protective equipment as part of your prevention and control plan you can connect with local retailers or suppliers who have historically carried the type of supplies that match your needs. This may include reaching out beyond your local communities to a radius you are willing to travel within Manitoba to access these supplies. Additional guidance on how to ensure a safe and healthy workplace can be found online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/index.html#safehealthy.

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.

My business is not included on Schedule A or Schedule B issued with the public health orders; do I have to close?

Businesses that are not included on either Schedule A or Schedule B must close their place of business to the public. However, businesses can:

  • continue to operate where customers can order goods online or by telephone;
  • continue to sell goods to customers where those goods can be picked up or delivered to customers;
  • if the business allows customers in the premise to pick up goods they must implement measures to ensure customers are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two meters from each other;
  • allow staff to attend the businesses’ premises, without a limitation on the number of staff, as long as staff take measures to practice physical distancing; and
  • accept delivery of goods and may allow services, such as construction, repairs, maintenance and cleaning to occur at their premises and on their property.

My business must shut down due to one of the public health orders; will there be support programs I can access?

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


Can restaurants open to the public?

Restaurants and similar businesses can continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additionally, effective May 4, food establishments, such as restaurants, cafeterias, cafes, street food vendors can serve customers on an outdoor patio. Customers must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges and all businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

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 if they can ensure all customers can maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges. Additionally, all businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent . Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

If there is unfavourable weather such as rain, can customers move indoors to finish their meals?

No, business are prohibited to serving customers indoors. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

On an outdoor patio, can members of different households gather at the same table?

Gatherings in settings such as patios 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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can bars open to the public?

No, bars are required to close under the public health orders in place. 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.

What additional guidelines do restaurants have to follow?

In addition to ensuring all customers can maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other and limiting occupancy to 50 per cent, business should also follow the guidelines below:

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work.
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • 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.
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas or at one table.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place.
  • 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 tables.
  • No buffet service will be allowed. Food and drinks are delivered to directly to patrons.
  • Surfaces such as tables, chairs and booths are cleaned between customers.
  • Table items, such as condiments, menus, napkins and décor, should be removed unless they can be cleaned between customers.
  • Drink refills are not allowed. Cups, straws and lids should be behind a counter and handed to customers, self-service is not permitted. Self-service condiments should be removed. Refillable or reusable containers are not allowed.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.

Can restaurants serve a buffet style?

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

When will restaurants reopen indoor spaces to the public?

If the results of phase one are positive, restaurants may be able to reopen indoor spaces to operate at 50 per cent capacity, in addition to take-out, delivery, patio and walk-up service, as long as physical distancing requirements are met. If results during or at the end of phase one are not positive, the province will not proceed with further loosening of public health measures and may reintroduce others.


Can hair stylists and barbers open to the public?

Effective May 4, hair stylists and barbers may reopen 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. Additionally, services will be limited to hair washes, cuts, colouring and styling. No other personal services will be allowed. 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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

I own a hair salon; what type of services can we offer our clients?

Effective May 4, hair stylists and barber services will be limited to hair washes, cuts, colouring and styling. No other personal services will be allowed. In addition, businesses must ensure 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 and limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

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 in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can nail salons open to the public?

No, nail salons including manicurists and pedicurists are required to close. However, they may be included in future phase for restoring services. 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.

Can tattoo parlors open to the public?

No, currently tattoo parlors are required to close. However, they may be included in future phase for restoring services. 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.

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

No, currently body waxing salons are required to close. However, they may be included in future phase for restoring services. 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.

Can tanning salons open to the public?

No, currently tanning salons are required to close. However, they may be included in future phase for restoring services. 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.


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 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. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

Can outdoor soccer recreational facilities open?

No, the only outdoor recreational facilities that can open are those that provide non-contact activities. Therefore, facilities for contact sports such as football, soccer and baseball are not included.

Can indoor recreational facilities like movie theatres, bingo halls and casinos open to the public?

No, indoor recreational facilities are required to close under the public health order.

However, they may be included in future phase for restoring services. 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.

Can amusement or water parks open to the public?

No, outdoor/indoor amusement and water parks are required to close. However, they may be included in future phase for restoring services. 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.

Can racetracks operate?

Horseracing and car racing may reopen, as long as no spectators attend and staff/participants maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

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

The guidelines for outdoor recreational facilities that are open to the public include:

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work.
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Staff are given information on physical distancing. Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings for indoor spaces.
  • Clients are screened by telephone before a tee-time is booked and are prevented from booking if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Entry into the business, including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion.
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry.
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas. Congregation of people should be actively discouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Staff and clients may wear non-medical masks.
  • A maximum of four golfers per group is allowed and one person per golf cart, or two people from the same household. Pins on greens remain in the hole at all times during play.
  • Public use items, such as ball-washing stations and water fountains, are closed or removed.
  • Recreation areas, such as dance floors, pool tables and other areas, are closed.
  • Restaurants must follow same guidelines as other restaurants.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.

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 one person per golf cart, or two people from the same household. Pins on the greens should remain in the hole at all times during play and public use items, such as ball-washing stations and water fountains are to be closed or removed. Golfers will be prevented from booking if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.

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 one person or two people from the same household.

Can children’s day camps open?

Day camps may operate if they maintain occupancy and activity levels that allow people to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. The maximum number of children per group is 16 and no joint activities between groups should take place. Campers must bring their own food and beverages, if the camp provides food and beverages they must ensure they are individually packaged. Overnight camps are not permitted. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.


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

Effective May 4, campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins, may open if people are able to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Amenities such as beverage rooms, game rooms, pools, hot tubs or fitness centres are required to close.

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.

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

All parks, campgrounds, yurts or vacation cabin businesses should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work.
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Staff are given information on physical distancing. Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings for indoor spaces.
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry.
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas. Congregation of people should be actively discouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Users must bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other personal hygiene products to campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins.
  • People who are travelling to a campground, yurt or vacation cabin must:
    • bring required prescription drugs and medical supplies before travel;
    • gas up before leaving home;
    • pack out what was packed in and leave no trace;
    • wear water shoes or sandals while using shower facilities; and
    • not use local health providers, unless it is an emergency.
  • Staff and users may wear non-medical masks.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.

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 and like businesses must remain closed, except for delivery, take-out, and patio or walk-up food service. Customers must maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. This requirement will be enforceable under the public health order. Additional guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.