COVID-19 Archived Updates

Dec. 9, 2020: Province extends the Critical (red) level until January 8, 2021, with some exceptions:

  • Allowing thrift stores to open with some capacity limits
  • Allowing acupuncture and manual osteopathy practices to open
  • Adding school supplies as an essential item under the restrictions to retail services
  • Allowing for the seasonal sale of holiday decorations such as garlands and ornaments, and religious items like menorahs and candles
  • Permitting the Winnipeg Jets to train in Manitoba in preparation for an eventual NHL decision on a 2021 playing season

Nov. 20, 2020: Province announces additional restrictions under the Critical (red) level, effective Nov. 21, 2020.

  • Social gatherings are not permitted. Social contacts reduced to your household only.
  • Retail businesses listed as critical services, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, can remain open at 25 per cent capacity.
  • Retail businesses not on the list are able to provide e-service, curbside pickup or delivery services.
  • All personal service businesses, including hair salons, barbers and sites offering manicures, pedicures and other esthetic services, must close.
  • Gyms and fitness centres must close.
  • Religious and cultural gatherings must close or be provided virtually only.
  • Restaurants must close to the public and may be open for delivery, drive-thru or takeout only.
  • All recreational activities, sports facilities, casinos, museums, galleries, libraries, movie theatres and concert halls must close.

Nov. 19, 2020: Province restricts the sale of non-essential items during in-person shopping.

As of Nov. 20 at 12:01 a.m., Retail businesses selling essential items can remain open but may only sell essential items to people who are shopping in person.

As of Nov. 21 at 12:01 a.m., retail businesses must do the following:

  • Ensure that non-essential items are removed from areas where members of the public have access.
  • Prevent members of the public from gaining access to non-essential items at the business.
  • Display signs or stickers on non-essential items that cannot be purchased.
  • Limit the number of people shopping at the business to 25 per cent of the usual capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower.
  • Implement measures to ensure that people maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public.
  • Establish a system to ensure compliance with the capacity limits
  • Provide proof the capacity limits have not been exceeded on request from a person authorized to enforce these orders, at the time the request is made.

Oct. 30, 2020: Winnipeg was elevated to Critical (red) level in the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System, effective Nov. 2, 2020.

  • Bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-out and delivery.
  • Most retail capacity will be reduced to 25 per cent or five people, whichever is higher (not including employees). Food and pharmacy are exempt and remain at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Sports and recreation programming will be suspended.
  • Gyms and fitness centres will have reduced capacity to 25 per cent and masks will be mandatory, even when exercising.
  • Movie theatres and concert halls will close.
  • Personal services (PDF) such as hair and esthetic salons, massage therapy, tattoo and piercing studios, and laser clinics remain at 50 per cent capacity.

Oct. 19, 2020: The Province implemented occupancy restrictions for some businesses and limited gathering sizes.

  • Closed all entertainment facilities, casinos/VLT lounges and bingo halls.
  • Lowered indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to 5.
  • Reduced capacity of retail businesses to 50 per cent, including lowering gathering sizes from 10 to five in food courts and common areas.
  • Reduced group/table sizes in restaurants and lounges from 10 to 5 and reducing the capacity at these locations to 50 per cent.
  • Reduced the capacity of museums, galleries and libraries to 50 per cent and requiring sites to collect contact information for all attendees.
  • Requiring gyms and fitness centres to collect contact information for all attendees

October 7, 2020: The Province of Manitoba effected regulations for licensed premises (restaurants and bars).

  • No sale or service of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • The business must ensure all members of the public vacate the premises by 11 p.m.
  • Staff must obtain contact information in writing from at least one person in each party and must keep it for 21 days.

September 28, 2020: Winnipeg was elevated to Restricted (orange) in the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System. 

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces.
  • For restaurants and bars, staff and guests must wear masks at all times except when seated.
  • There are no changes to occupancy level restrictions for businesses.
  • Public gatherings are restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.

July 25, 2020: The Province of Manitoba implemented Phase Four of its Restoring Safe Services plan.