Pandemic Response System

Pandemic Response System
 


Sharing information with Manitobans about risk, response and recommended actions.

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Provincial Response Level: RESTRICTED

Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring. However, case counts have dropped and vaccination rates are increasing. The virus is being transmitted at levels that public health and the health care system can manage. As of Saturday, June 26, the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer has set the response level to orange.

Changes to existing Public Health Orders will take effect July 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on August 7, 2021

For information on province-wide restrictions at the Restricted Level, see:


The following province-wide public health orders are in effect:



Additional Response by Region

Additional Restrictions



CRITICAL

Mary Thorarinson Estates Assisted Living Facility, Arborg: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared/Visitor restrictions in place.


CRITICAL

Ochekwi Sipi Personal Care Home, Fisher River Cree Nation: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared/Visitor restrictions in place.


Learn more about the additional response by Interlake-Eastern.

Interlake Eastern

 

Additional Restrictions



Critical

Travel to Northern Manitoba: RESTRICTED

With increased case numbers in southern Manitoba, Public Health has implemented travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective Friday, September 4th. Learn More...



Learn more about the additional response by Northern.

Northern

Additional Restrictions

No additional restrictions.

Additional Restrictions

Critical

Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Medicine Unit, Steinbach: CRITICAL


Learn more about the additional response by Southern Health-Santé Sud.


Manitoba



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.

For more information, visit State of Emergency and Current Public Health Orders


Get Tested for COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 visit a testing site as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, or are unsure whether you should be tested, call Health Links-Info Santé (204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257).

The Pandemic Response System

Manitoba's Pandemic Response provides detailed, easy-to-understand direction to residents and businesses at a provincial, regional, sector and facility level. Learn more about the system




Additional guidance at the Restricted Level


All activities require two metres of physical distancing except for brief exchanges where masks are used, or if non-permeable barriers (e.g., Plexiglas) are in place. Mask use is mandatory in indoor public places.


  • Individuals identified as having COVID-19 must immediately enter mandatory isolation/self-isolation (quarantine) until public health officials advise they can end isolation/self-isolation (quarantine).
  • Household members or close contacts of a person or persons with COVID-19 must immediately go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days from the last date of exposure and call Health Links--Info Santé (204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257) if they develop symptoms if they are not fully vaccinated (two doses).
  • Fully vaccinated (two doses) household members or close contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to self-isolate.

Residential Gatherings:

  • A maximum of 5 visitors plus the household, are permitted at an indoor public gathering.
  • A maximum of 25 people are permitted outdoors on private property. Visitors may briefly enter the home for essential reasons. 

Public Gatherings:

  • 25 people maximum are permitted at an indoor public place or the common areas of a multi-unit residence
  • 150 people maximum are permitted in outdoor public spaces.

A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping. An indoor public space includes:

  • any part of a retail store where the public has access;
  • any part of the common areas of a residential building;
  • a health care facility;
  • an educational institution or facility;
  • an elevator;
  • a motor vehicle used for public transportation, including a bus, taxi, limousine or other vehicle for hire; and
  • a bus shelter, pedestrian tunnel or enclosed pedestrian walkway.

The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as possible following entry.

Masks are not required if people are seated at least two metres from others, or if there is a non-permeable physical barrier, such as a plexiglass barrier. However, people need to wear a mask at all times while moving to or from their seated position within the indoor public place.

In addition, employees, contractors or operators of an indoor public place do not need to wear a mask while they are in an area where members of the public do not normally have access, or if they are behind a non-permeable physical barrier, including a plexiglass barrier.

People can temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place:

  • to receive a service that requires the removal of their mask,
  • to deal with an emergency or medical purpose, or
  • to establish their identity.

People who do not have to wear masks include:

  • a child who is under five years of age;
  • a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties or a disability, which prevents them from safely wearing a mask; and
  • a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person.

What is considered an indoor public space?

An indoor public space includes:

  • any part of a retail store where the public has access;
  • any part of the common areas of a residential building;
  • a health care facility;
  • an educational institution or facility;
  • an elevator;
  • a motor vehicle used for public transportation, including a bus, taxi , limousine or other vehicle for hire; and
  • a bus shelter, pedestrian tunnel or enclosed pedestrian walkway.


  • Travel north of the 53rd parallel is not permitted. Some exemptions apply, including Manitobans who live in that region, employees of critical businesses, government officials and health care providers. For more information on other requirements and exemptions, read the public health order or see the additional restrictions.
  • Travel to communities that are not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road (remote communities) is not permitted. Some exemptions apply, including Manitobans who live in that region, employees of critical businesses, government officials and health care providers. For more information on other requirements and exemptions, read the public health order or see the additional restrictions.
  • Manitobans should not travel between regions under different public health restrictions except for essential purposes. For example, those living in a region where retail stores are limited to selling essential-only items should not travel to a region that has fewer restrictions on retail to halt the spread of the virus and keep those in each region safe.
  • 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 recommended for individuals who have not received any or an incomplete series of vaccine.
  • 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: 
    • two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca vaccines, or
    • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
    • two weeks after being fully immunized outside Canada with COVID-19 vaccines that are not approved in Canada, but are on the WHO Emergency Use Listing

(https://www.who.int/teams/regulation-prequalification/eul/covid-19) are also considered fully immunized.

*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.


  • Fully vaccinated (two doses) individuals can now travel within Canada without being required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival back in the province.
  • 14 days of self-isolation is still required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions if they have received one or no vaccine doses. For information on current exemptions, visit: Self-isolation Exemptions.
  • Individuals who travelled internationally must follow federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements. For information on current exemptions, visit: Self-isolation Exemptions.
  • All domestic travellers who are not exempt from quarantine in the orders are strongly advised to get two COVID-19 tests -- one on the day of arrival, and another on the 10th day after arriving in Manitoba regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the province.
    They 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 been out of Manitoba and share the location of travel. Travellers, who are not exempt from quarantine, 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.
  • Testing as a result of domestic travel is not required for individuals who are exempt from quarantine in the provincial public health orders.
  • See the State of Emergency and Current Public Health Orders page for more information and exemptions to self-isolation.


Sector Based Guidance:


  • Retail stores may open with increased capacity at 50 per cent to a limit of 500 persons, no additional restrictions.
  • Malls may open to 50% of the combined capacity of the businesses that are open in the mall, not including any common areas of the mall.
  • Food courts in a mall may open as long as it does not exceed 50% of the usual seating capacity.
  • Persons may sit together at a table in a food court only if
    • they are all fully immunized;
    • they all reside in the same private residence, regardless of their immunization status;
    • there is a combination of persons over and under 12 years of age at the table, but all persons over 12 years of age are fully immunized


Indoor Sports and Recreation:

  • Open to 50 per cent capacity to a limit of 25 persons in a group. No tournaments allowed.

Outdoor Sports and Recreation:

  • Open for up to 50 people, spectators are permitted and do not count towards the capacity limit. No tournaments allowed.

Dance, Theatre, and Music Schools:

  • Open at 50 per cent capacity to a limit of 25 persons per group indoors,

  • Open at 50 percent capacity with three metres of space between masked patrons.

  • Large-scale professional outdoor sports or performing arts events may open for fully immunized (two doses and two weeks post second dose) to a maximum of 100 per cent.
  • Unvaccinated children 12 and under may attend/visit these events if accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.
  • Museums, galleries, concert halls and movie theatres may open for fully immunized (two doses, and two weeks post second dose) to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent.
  • Unvaccinated children 12 and under may attend/visit these facilities if accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.

  • May open to a 50 per cent capacity, to a maximum of 150 persons.

  • Institutions may operate subject to occupancy limit set out in the orders or offer online or remote learning.

  • Open at 50 per cent capacity for indoors and outdoor dining; for indoor dining patrons seated together must be from the same household, unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized or there is a combination of persons over and under 12 years of age at the table, but all persons over 12 years of age are fully immunized; for outdoor dining table sizes are limited to 8 people.

These organizations may stay open until midnight.
There is no longer a requirement to purchase food when purchasing alcohol.


  • Open at 50 per cent capacity, appointments are not required.

  • Indoor gatherings open to 50 per cent capacity to a limit of 150 persons, with continued physical distancing and masks worn at all times.
  • Outdoor gatherings open to 150 persons. Drive-in services continue to be permitted.

  • Regulated professions, massage therapists and athletic therapists can continue to provide services.
  • Non-regulated health services, such as pedorthists and reflexologists, can open with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.

  • Funerals may have up to 25 people for indoor services in additional to the officiant. Outdoor funerals are limited to 150 persons in addition to the officiant.
  • If the funeral is held at a private residence, indoor and outdoor private gathering sizes apply.

  • Weddings can have up to 25 people for indoor ceremonies, in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer. Outdoor weddings are limited to 150 persons in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer.
  • If the wedding is held at a private residence, indoor and outdoor private gathering sizes apply.

  • Indoor gathering limits apply. Up to 25 people permitted.
  • Outdoor self-help gatherings open to 150 persons. Drive-in services permitted. 

  • May reopen for fully immunized people to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent capacity.
  • VLTs in licensed establishments may be operated with two metres of physical distancing and all other restaurant/bar rules applying; VLTs in unlicensed establishments will follow the Casino rules for fully immunized people only.

  • May operate under the restrictions outlined in the public health orders.