Focus on the Fundamentals

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Resist and Focus on the Fundamentals

We can all lower our risk and help reduce Manitoba’s cases of COVID-19 by focusing on the fundamentals and resisting letting our guard down. By listening to the advice of public health experts and making good decisions by avoiding large gatherings, house parties, making unnecessary trips and going to multiple stops in one night we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Reduce the Risk and Prevent the Spread

We can all reduce our risk by adopting the following habits to help prevent the spread:

It is also important to stay informed through accurate and credible sources. The province has developed the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to share current information with Manitobans about risk, response and recommended actions.

In addition, Manitoba public health officials have issued public health orders to help reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stay Home When You Are Sick

It is important to stay home if you are sick, even if you are only feeling a little unwell. Do not leave your home to go to work, school, daycare, sports/activities, do not visit with others outside your household and do not visit public places (e.g. stores, restaurants, churches, etc.). Only leave your home if you require urgent medical care or COVID-19 testing.

Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and testing. Use the online self-assessment tool, or call Health Links - Info Santé to help determine your next steps if you, or your child(ren), are sick.

Get Tested for COVID-19

Testing is critical, as it helps identify and isolate cases and close contacts early. This helps to limit further spread and protect those at increased risk. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and testing.

Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to isolate and use the online self-assessment tool, or call Health Links - Info Santé to help determine your next steps if you, or your child(ren), are sick.

Wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer frequently

Hand hygiene includes handwashing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Good hand hygiene provides significant protection from many infections, including viral respiratory illnesses such as influenza and COVID-19.

People are encouraged to take common prevention measures. This includes regular handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer. Make sure to dry your hands thoroughly after handwashing. Make sure you allow your hands to dry after the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer.

It is especially important to clean your hands:

If your hands are visibly dirty, it is important for you to wash your hands with soap and water.

Hand hygiene posters are available in several languages for public places.

Cover your Cough/Sneeze

Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

Throw used tissues in the garbage and immediately wash your hands, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cover your cough/sneeze posters are available in several languages for public places.

Social (Physical) Distancing

Physical distancing works by limiting the number of people that you, and your family, come into close contact (within two metres/ six feet). Physical distancing should be practiced with people from outside your household at all times, except for brief exchanges.

What does social (physical) distancing look like?

2 meters apart

Social (Physical) Distancing Infographic

Social (Physical) Distancing (pdf)



Wearing a Mask

When masks are not worn properly, they will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others and may also put the person wearing them at greater risk of infection.

Please visit the Health Canada website for more information on how to wear a mask properly. You can also visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for posters and guidelines for how to safely use a non-medical mask.

For addition information on masks, see the Additional Guidance on masks.