State of Emergency and Public Health Orders

Manitoba Protection Plan

State of Emergency and Public Health Orders

NEW Last updated: October 25, 2021


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Current Public Health Orders

Manitoba’s state of emergency ended on October 21, 2021. Public health orders, COVID-19 vaccinations, mask requirements and many other measures remain in place to help protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Self-Isolation and Contact Tracing

The self-isolation order continues to require that anyone entering Manitoba, regardless of whether it was from another country or another province must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days until such time as the orders are terminated by the chief provincial public health officer.

International travellers arriving in Manitoba must follow Federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements.

For more information, please view the order.

Travel and Self-isolation

As per the public health order, 14 days of self-isolation (quarantine) is required for all individuals returning to or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions, unless the individual is exempt in the order from quarantine.

Individuals who travelled internationally must go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for the remainder of their 14 days from the date of arrival to Canada upon arriving in Manitoba, unless the individual is exempt in the order from quarantine. The days in self-isolation (quarantine) at port of entry count towards the 14 day period.

All travellers who are not exempt from quarantine are strongly advised get two COVID-19 tests -- one on the day of arrival, and another on the 10th day after arriving in Manitoba no matter if they are showing symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the country. International travellers must follow federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements.

People who are not exempt under the orders and have been travelling to other places in Canada (domestic travellers) should make an appointment with a provincial testing site or visit a drive-thru test site, and indicate at the time of testing that they have travelled and share the location of travel. Travellers must observe the full 14-day self-isolation period regardless of symptoms and test results. Re-testing is advised if an asymptomatic individual develops symptoms at any point, unless the individual had already tested positive. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have had close contact to a traveller should identify this contact to public health during the public health investigation and follow-up.

Travellers who are exempt from mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following their arrival to Manitoba. If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

Effective Friday, March 19th, 2021, public health officials strongly recommend that COVID-19 testing occur before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours.

Testing is not routinely recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 AND two weeks have passed since their last dose*.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: 

Testing should not be done in individuals with a previous lab-confirmed COVID-19

Note: Individual First Nation communities may have further testing guidance in place that should be followed for all people traveling into those communities, including those who are fully immunized.

Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19, including those fully immunized, travelling to, or returning to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community can seek testing within three days of travel at no cost at the following locations. For hours and appointment information, visit the COVID-19 testing site.

Provided they have no symptoms, individuals seeking testing prior to travel, or return to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community do not need to self-isolate (quarantine) while waiting for their test result. However, they are encouraged to continue self-monitoring for symptoms, using the online screening tool, for 14 days after arriving in community.

Even if an individual receives a negative test result, they need to continue to follow all public health measures including limiting non-household close contacts, wearing masks in indoor public places, following physical distancing measures, and practicing frequent hand hygiene.

If individuals develop symptoms after receiving negative test results they need to immediately isolate and be re-tested.

Self Isolation Exemptions:

Non-essential travel is still discouraged at this time.

Exemptions exist for certain critical needs like health care and transporting important goods and services.

If individuals do not have symptoms, exemptions to mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) include:

Any critical worker who leaves the province for non-critical travel (travel not related to their critical worker duties) must self-isolate (quarantine) upon their return for 14 days, unless otherwise exempt in the order. Note: critical workers who leave for non-critical international travel should follow Federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements.

Critical workers are defined as those providing vital services in Manitoba, such as health care providers, police officers, emergency services personnel, corrections officers, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, social service workers and elected officials and their staff. In addition to critical workers, there are other exemptions to travel restrictions as per 2(1) of the public health order.

Individuals who are exempted from mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following their arrival to Manitoba. If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Individuals can also connect with their workplace's occupational safety and health unit.

Routine Rapid Testing of Unvaccinated Front-Line Public Servants

Requirements for routine rapid testing of unvaccinated front-line public servants comes into effect on October 18, 2021. A public health order requires all provincial employees who have direct and ongoing or prolonged contact with vulnerable populations to either be fully vaccinated, or to comply with strict testing procedures.

For more information on requirements for routine vaccination and testing visit: Rapid Testing for Public Servants

Travel to Cottages or Second Properties

Orders Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba

Updated Thursday, June 10, 2021

In effect since October 13, 2020, details will be provided on the Pandemic Response System.

For detailed information, view the orders.

Current Public Health Orders


October 25, 2021 - General COVID-19 Prevention Order (pdf)

September 24, 2021 - Orders Requiring Vaccination or Testing for Designated Persons (pdf)

June 10, 2021 - Self-Isolation Orders for Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf)

June 10, 2021 - Orders Under the Public Health Act (Self-Isolation and Contact Tracing) - COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)

June 10, 2021 - Orders Under the Public Health Act - Travel to Northern and Remote Communities (pdf)

May 3, 2021 - Public Health Orders Personal Care Home Operation Order

April 20, 2021 - Public Health Orders Orders Restricting Staff Movement at Personal Care Homes

October 2, 2020 - Order re Temporary Suspension of In-Person Commissioning and Witnessing Provisions,renewal (2) (pdf)

October 1, 2020 - Order re Temporary Suspension of Corporate Meeting Provisions (2), renewal (pdf)

September 10, 2020
News Release:
Province Renews Nine Emergency Measures Act Orders as Part of COVID-19 Response

May 14, 2020 - Additional Enforcement Personnel Regulation

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, total fine amounts will be set at $1,296 for tickets issued to individuals, including sole proprietorships and partnerships, and $5,000 for tickets issued to corporations.