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State of Emergency


NEW Last updated: May 29, 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 and on May 29, 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, including workers such as health care providers, police and correctional officers, national defence personnel and persons responsible for construction or maintenance of critical infrastructure.  However, it is the responsibility of, the employer to determine if it is absolutely necessary for the worker to immediately perform the vital service (e.g. no one else is available to perform their function) and to implement appropriate workplace health and safety measures in the workplace.. 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 in the workplace. 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 businesses that are permitted to be open.
  • People who travel to the north or remote communities for employment with a business that is permitted to open , emergency medical treatment or to facilitate child custody agreements.

In addition, people may travel directly to a cottage, cabin, provincial park, campground or hunting or fishing lodge in Northern Manitoba or a remote community if they are not displaying symptoms of COVID 19 and limit their use of local services.

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




The new public health order new public health order issued on May 29, 2020 will take effect on June 1, 2020 and will continue to limit 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 allow the implementation of Phase Two 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 information on the businesses that can reopen and the services that can resume and the conditions applicable to those businesses and services and a list of the businesses that cannot resume at this time.




May 29, 2020
COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf)


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

 

April 30, 2020
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

May 21, 2020
COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf)

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

April 30, 2020
Orders Under Section 67 of the Public Health Act (pdf 183 KB)
Order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities (pdf 159 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 find information on Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services?

Information related to Phase Two can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

What powers does the Manitoba government have after declaring a state of emergency?

The declaration enables the government to act quickly on a broad range of supportive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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.

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

Effective May 22nd, public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors. Members of the public  attending such gatherings should maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. This change applies to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals.

Are businesses permitted to open restricted by the public gathering limits?

The limits on public gatherings are intended for public spaces or events such as weddings, funerals or worship and do not apply within businesses that can reopen at this time. However, businesses permitted to operate may be subject to other restrictions related to capacity. Businesses should review the public health order and applicable guidelines online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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


NEW 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

NEW I am from out of province and I am wanting to travel to Manitoba to go camping, I understand I have to self-isolate upon my arrival; can I self-isolate at my campsite? 

At this time out of province travellers are not permitted to rent campsites at public or private campgrounds. 

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.

NEW Do out of province workers providing vital services, such as a health care provider or police officer, have to self-isolate upon their arrival?

Out-of-province workers arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14-days upon their arrival UNLESS they are providing vital services, including workers such as health care providers, police and correctional officers, national defence personnel and persons responsible for construction or maintenance of critical infrastructure.  However, it is the responsibility of, the employer to determine if it is absolutely necessary for the worker to immediately perform the vital service (e.g. no one else is available to perform their function) and to implement appropriate workplace health and safety measures in the workplace. 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 in the workplace. 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.

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 metres 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?

People traveling into Manitoba for emergency medical purposes do not have to self-isolate for 14 days if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate should they develop symptoms. 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.

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. Individuals should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and notify their employer (as applicable) should they develop symptoms. 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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

These could be mild cold or flu-like symptoms including a fever, sore throat, coughing, or more serious symptoms including shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Symptoms can also include headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, loss of appetite, poor feeding if an infant, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and skin rashes.
Symptoms of COVID-19 or other coronaviruses may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

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

A person who develops symptoms can use the on-line COVID-19 Screening Tool <link> to determine whether their symptoms meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing, or call Health Links-Info Santé or 911 if it is an emergency. Anyone with symptoms is eligible for COVID-19 testing and may go directly to the nearest COVID-19 testing location during their open hours. For the testing site nearest you, please visit gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

NEW I live in southern Manitoba and was planning on traveling to northern Manitoba to go camping; can I go on my trip?

Effective June 1st, Manitoba residents may be permitted to travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel from within Manitoba under certain restrictions and guidelines. Travellers should respectfully observe local restrictions and avoid using local health providers or visiting local communities as much as possible. Travellers should practice physical distancing if it is necessary to visit local communities.

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 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. However, effective June 1st, Manitoba residents will be permitted to travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel from within Manitoba under certain restrictions and guidelines. Travellers will be required to limit their use of local services to the minimum required given the circumstances of their visit.  They should respectfully observe local restrictions and practice physical distancing if it is necessary to visit local communities and First Nations communities, or use curbside pickup if it is necessary to visit local businesses.

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 prohibiting travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities, including the list of exemptions can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.



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.


NEW I operate a child care centre; can I open?

Effective June 1st, licensed childcare centres can increase the number of children per site from 16 to 24. Additionally, centres can have multiple groups of 24 children if the rooms are separate and each group has separate entrances/exits and/or staggered drop off schedules from a common facility entrance, and will not be congregating in a larger common space. Additional guidelines for child care centres can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

NEW The child care centre I operate has multiple child care rooms that each exit onto a shared hallway; can I open multiple rooms with up to 24 children per room?

Yes, effective June 1 st, licensed child care centres can open multiple rooms each with up to 24 children that exit onto a shared hallway as long as there is staggered drop offs and there is no congregating in a larger common spaces such as the shared hallway.

NEW Are child care centres and home-based child care providers to maintain physical distancing of two metres/six feet between children in the same room or home?

It is recognized that physical distancing of children in the same room or home is not possible while still maintaining appropriate care and supervision; therefore, the Manitoba government does not expect that physical distancing will take place within the same room or home. However, at child care centres there should be no joint activities between the groups of children. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.   

NEW I provide home-based child care; can I open?

Yes, home-based child care providers may continue to provide care to a maximum of eight children. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.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. Capacity must be limited to 50% of regular levels and 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 on Manitoba’s restoring Safe Services website at http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 services can resume. 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?

Subject to further direction from their respective regulatory bodies, regulated health professionals such as dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists are no longer subject to restrictions in terms of the in person services they can provide.

Can therapeutic massage and acupuncture services be offered at this time?

Individuals who provide therapeutic massage and acupuncture services may resume services. 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 of the premises that are open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

NEW Can churches provide a drive-in service?

Effective June 1st, religious or other organizations, as well as drive-in movie theatres may hold outdoor events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles or stay immediately outside of their vehicle in a manner that ensures that they are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons attending the event.. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can people keep their windows rolled down at outdoor drive-in events?

Windows and sunroofs may be open, however doors and trunks should remain closed. If people are standing outside of their vehicles, the windows of the vehicle next to them should remain closed. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can drive-in movie theatres open to the public?

Yes, drive-in movie theatres can open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

NEW Can professional team sports resume?

Effective May 22nd, Players, coaches, managers, training staff and medical personnel employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team may attend at the team's facilities for the purposes of training and practising, provided that no members of the public are permitted to enter those facilities. These organized activities can resume as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning of equipment and indoor spaces. Each sports organization and/or facility must establish a plan for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Outdoor activities are lower risk for transmission of COVID-19 than indoor activities. Guidance is posted on performing a risk assessment for different sports and establishing plans at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

NEW Will team sports be modified to ensure physical distancing?

Effective June 1st, organized sports can resume as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning of equipment and indoor spaces.  All activities will require some modification from their usual operations. In particular, individual or group activities that have close prolonged face-to-face contact (e.g. boxing, football) are higher risk, and will require modification of the sport or activity to minimize this type of contact. Each sports organization and/or facility must establish a plan for how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Guidance on performing a risk assessment for different sports and establishing plans is available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.


NEW What support programs are available for businesses?

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

I own a retail business; can I accept cash?

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.

I own a retail business: are there any guidelines that I need to follow?

Guidelines for retail businesses can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

Can garden supply stores 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 metres from each other. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Will hotels and motels be open?

Yes, hotels and motels will be open for lodging. Restaurant inside the hotel must abide by the orders and guidelines related to food service. Additionally, businesses must ensure that common areas such as pools and fitness facilities are in compliance with the public health orders and guidelines provided by provincial public health officials or should remain closed. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can 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 metres from each other. Venders who are not offering essential items are not allowed to operate. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can 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 metres from each other. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 metres 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. 

Can 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 metres 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.

Can 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 metres 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 metres from each other

Can businesses providing pet grooming services open?

Yes, business that provide pet grooming services can resume. 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 metres 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 metres from each other.

Can pharmacies remain 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 metres from each other.

When can libraries open to the public?

Libraries can reopen to the public. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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. metres 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

My retail business can open to the public; do I have to limit the number of people allowed in my store?

Yes, all retail businesses are 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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

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 metres from another person.

Can zoos open to the public?

Yes, zoos can continue operations. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

When can museums and art galleries open to the public?

Museums and art galleries can open to the public. 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. High-touch displays must remain closed. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

I have a 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.

The Manitoba government has partnered with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Manitoba and Winnipeg Chambers of Commerce, and North Forge Technology Exchange to support the development and launch of an online marketplace to connect Manitoba businesses with non-medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and other materials needed for businesses to operate. If you do require personal protective equipment as part of your prevention and control plan please view additional details online at www.B2BManitoba.ca.

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.


NEW Can restaurants open to the public? 

Restaurants and similar food service businesses can continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means. Additionally, they can provide service on their outdoor patio if they limit the number of members of the public on the patio to 50% of the usual occupancy and space tables at least two metres apart from each other. Effective June 1st, restaurants can open their indoor spaces to the public following the same capacity restrictions as outdoor patios. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.     

NEW In a restaurant can members of different households gather at the same table?

Gatherings in settings such as restaurants 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can bars open to the public?

Effective June 1st, patio and indoor spaces for bars, including beverage rooms, brew pubs and micro-brewers can open to the public. However, businesses must ensure that members of the public are seated in the table and seating area, tables and seating in all areas are separated by a least 2 metres from different tables, occupancy in each premise is restricted to 50% of the usual capacity and members of the public are not permitted to common areas such as dance floors, or where pool tables, dart bards or lottery terminals are located. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW When will restaurants reopen indoor spaces to the public? 

Effective June 1st, indoor dining areas in restaurants can open to the public. However occupancy is restricted to 50% of the usual capacity and tables have to be spaced two metres apart. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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

Effective June 1st, customers can move indoors to finish their meals, however the business must ensure that the indoor area is restricted to 50% capacity and that members of the public can maintain a two metre physical distance from others in the space. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 the number of members of the public on the patio to 50 per cent of the usual occupancy. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

What additional guidelines do restaurants have to follow?

Guidelines for restaurants can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can restaurants serve a buffet style?

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

NEW Can tattoo parlors open to the public?

Effective June 1st, tattoo parlors can resume services if they maintain an occupancy level to allow 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. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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

Effective June 1st, body waxing salons can resume services if they maintain an occupancy level to allow 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. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can tanning salons open to the public?

Effective June 1st, tanning salons can resume services if they maintain an occupancy level to allow 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. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can nail salons open to the public?

Effective June 1st, nail salons can resume services if they maintain an occupancy level to allow 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. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

Can hair stylists and barbers open to the public?

Hair stylists and barbers can resume services 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. 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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

Indoor recreational facilities like movie theaters, bingo halls and casinos are required to remain closed under the public health order. 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. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW When can fitness centres, gyms and training facilities open their indoor spaces to the public?

Effective June 1st, fitness centres, gyms and training facilities may reopen if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These organizations are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not be open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can indoor hockey rinks open to the public, including providing one-on-one or group lessons?

Effective June 1st, indoor hockey facilities may reopen if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These organizations are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Group lessons may restart and locker rooms and showers (for pool facilities only) may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not be open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW Can swimming pools open to the public?

Effective June 1st, indoor and outdoor swimming pools may reopen if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These organizations are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Group lessons may restart and locker rooms and showers (for pool facilities only) may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

NEW What type of indoor sporting and recreational facilities can open in Phase Two?

Effective June 1st, indoor facilities such as hockey rinks, soccer fields, basketball courts and archery and rifle ranges may reopen if members of the public can 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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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

Guidelines for businesses included in the public health orders can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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 amusement parks open to the public?

Outdoor/indoor amusement parks are required to close under the public health order. 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. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html


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

Campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins, can open if people are able to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Effective June 1st, amenities such as beverage rooms, pools, hot tubs or fitness centres can open to the public following the restrictions and guidelines outlined in the public health order. Additional information can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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. The document can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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

Guidelines for campground or similar businesses can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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 must follow applicable orders and guidelines.