Pandemic Response System

Pandemic Response System
 


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

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Provincial Response Level: CRITICAL

On Thursday, November 12, the province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba's most vulnerable citizens.

Changes to existing Public Health Orders will take effect May 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on May 30, 2021.

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


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



Additional Response by Region

Additional Restrictions



CRITICAL

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

Outbreak declared/Visitor restrictions in place.
Additional Information on Protocols for Personal Care Homes


CRITICAL

Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern: 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...


Critical

Cross Lake First Nation and Community of Cross Lake: CRITICAL

Public health orders that take effect on 12:01 a.m. on February 13, 2021, include:

  • public gatherings are not permitted
  • all businesses must be closed except for those providing essential services
  • community residents are required to stay at home
  • people should only leave their residence to seek testing or medical care, or to send one person from a household for essential supplies
  • people who work in essential services are able to leave their residence for work
  • non-medical masks must be worn outside the home

For more information, view the orders.


Learn more about the additional response by Northern.

Northern

Additional Restrictions



Critical

K-12 Schools in Brandon: CRITICAL

Moved to remote learning until May 30, 2021, learn more about remote learning for K-12 schools.


Critical

Russell Health Centre, Russell: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Prairie Mountain

Additional Restrictions


Critical

Emerson Health Centre, Emerson: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


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

Additional Restrictions


Critical

K-12 Schools in Winnipeg: CRITICAL

Moved to remote learning until May 30, 2021, learn more about remote learning for K-12 schools.


Critical

École Marie-Anne-Gaboury: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared - moved to remote learning


Critical

Donwood Manor Personal Care Home: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Critical

Holy Cross School: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared - moved to remote learning


Critical

The King’s School: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared - moved to remote learning


Critical

St. Maurice Daycare Inc.: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Critical

St Norbert Personal Care Home, St. Norbert: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared


Learn more about the additional response by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Winnipeg

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 Critical 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 or a close contact of someone with 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.

  • No indoor public or private gatherings are permitted.
  • No visitors allowed on private property. This includes all indoor gatherings, and outdoor gatherings, including gatherings such as patio visits with people from outside your household and garage sales. However, there are some exceptions for those who live alone and for childcare, healthcare, property maintenance and emergencies.
  • Current orders prohibit gatherings of more than five (5) people including household members at an outdoor public place.
  • Drive-in events are restricted to household members only, and people may leave their vehicle while observing public health measures.
  • Funerals can have 10 people in addition to the officiant under clear COVID-19 protection protocols. 
  • Weddings can have up to 10 people in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer.

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.

  • Where non-urgent and elective surgeries and/or procedures may be impacted, patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled appointments or procedures are affected. Patients who are not contacted should show up to their appointments as scheduled.
  • Access to health care facilities (hospitals and personal care homes) by essential care partners, designated family caregivers and general visitors is determined by provincial guidelines developed to balance the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the important role of family and loved ones in the health and wellbeing of patients and residents.

    Guidelines may vary according to the Pandemic Response Level and are regularly reviewed:


  • 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.

  • As per the public health order, 14 days of self-isolation is required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions.
  • Individuals who travelled internationally or inter-provincially must go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days from the date of arrival to Manitoba.
  • All travellers are strongly advised 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 country.
    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 the country 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.
  • See the State of Emergency and Current Public Health Orders page for more information and exemptions to self-isolation.


Sector Based Guidance:


  • Retail stores, including markets, garden centres, and occasional pop-up retail, may open with capacity limits of up to 10 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect.
  • Shopping centers or malls may open with capacity limits of up to 10 per cent with other public health measures still in effect.
  • Food court seating areas are required to close, but restaurants my remain open for takeout and delivery.

  • Family child-care homes and child-care centres may be able to open and operate in accordance with applicable legislation.
  • Day camps are closed.

  • Outdoor physical activities for individuals and immediate households are allowed. However, those participating in outdoor sports or recreational activities must maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other, unless they reside in the same household. Groups of more than 5 cannot gather in an outdoor public space.
  • Outdoor sports and recreation practices will have a maximum of five participants, and organized team games will not be permitted.

  • indoor recreation and sporting facilities such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres must close.

  • K-12 Schools in Winnipeg, Brandon to Move to Remote Learning Effective May 12.
  • Additional measures will be in place in other parts of Manitoba.
  • For more information on other requirements and exemptions, see K-12 Schools in Manitoba.

  • Professional theatre groups, dance companies, symphonies and operas are closed to the public but may continue to rehearse while observing public health orders.

  • Museums, art galleries and libraries must be closed.

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

  • Restaurants and licensed premises must close. Open to takeout and delivery only.

  • Personal service businesses, such as those providing hair styling, barbering, manicures, pedicures, electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing or massage services must close.

  • Not permitted under current public health orders.

  • Places of worship must close to indoor gatherings.
  • Drive-in events are restricted to household members only, and people may leave their vehicle while observing public health measures.

  • 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.

  • May have up to 10 people in addition to the officiant under clear COVID-19 protection protocols.

  • May have up to 10 people in addition to an officiant and photographer or videographer.

  • Self-help groups for persons dealing with addictions or other behaviours can hold meetings with a 10 persons maximum.

  • Photographers and videographers can offer services to one individual at a time at either a retail location, such as a studio, or a registered home business. They can also provide photography or videography services at weddings or funerals.
  • Photographers and videographers may also provide outdoor services to families, groups or pairs under outdoor gathering rules (on public property with a gathering limit of 5, with those from different households appropriately distanced). However, photographers and videographers cannot provide individual or family services at indoor home residences.