Phase Three: Restoring Safe Services

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June 25, 2020 Welcoming our Students Back: Restoring Safe Schools

Phase Three: Restoring Safe Services
Phase Three Town Hall Recording

Phase One and Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery set out evidence-based plans to ease public health measures put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The success of the measures introduced earlier this year is making it possible to restore services safely in phases. This phased approach has been working.

Many factors including current research and the experience of other jurisdictions all contribute to the decisions recommended by public health professionals on whether further restrictions are required, or further easing is possible.

Please Note: If no changes are outlined in Phase Three the conditions outlined in previous phases still apply.


This information is available in an alternate format upon request, please contact engagemb@gov.mb.ca.

June 25, 2020 Welcoming our Students Back: Restoring Safe Schools

Phase Three: Restoring Safe Services
Phase Three Town Hall Recording

Phase One and Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery set out evidence-based plans to ease public health measures put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The success of the measures introduced earlier this year is making it possible to restore services safely in phases. This phased approach has been working.

Many factors including current research and the experience of other jurisdictions all contribute to the decisions recommended by public health professionals on whether further restrictions are required, or further easing is possible.

Please Note: If no changes are outlined in Phase Three the conditions outlined in previous phases still apply.


This information is available in an alternate format upon request, please contact engagemb@gov.mb.ca.

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    Follow up on the previous question regarding the art festival with djs, would staff and volunteers be included in the 100 person or multiple sub groups of 100 ? Or is staff plus allowed

    Unknown204 asked 7 months ago

    At this time staff and volunteers are not counted towards the number of attendees at public gatherings. 

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    Would DJ's be considered stage performers? Is an Art festival with live DJs allowed? and at what capacity outdoors? Can there be dancing areas?

    Unknown204 asked 7 months ago

    Entertainment such as a DJ or other similar performances can resume performances, however, the DJ must maintain a two metre physical distance from patrons. 

    At this time outdoor public gatherings such as art festivals are limited to 100 people. However, larger group sizes are allowed outdoors provided the gathering can be physically divided into sub-groups of 100 or fewer and are limited to 30 per cent of the site’s usual capacity. Each sub-group must be able to arrive, depart and participate in the gathering without co-mingling with members from any other sub-group. Adequate physical distancing must continue to be provided for all participants.

    At this time, provincial public health officials are advising against dancing at public gatherings as it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. If you have a dance floor at an event, limit occupancy in the area to ensure that people from separate households can maintain a two metre physical distance while dancing.

    Additional information on public gatherings can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html.

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    Are streaks and high lights allowed in hair salons? What is not allowed?

    CMJW asked 7 months ago

    Hair stylists and barbers may provide services that involve the washing, cutting, colouring or styling of hair. Styling of hair can include:

    • Blow drying
    • Curling/straightening
    • Perms and relaxers
    • Removing and installing extensions
    • Braiding, etc.

    Additional information for hair stylists and barbers can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-one.html#collapse7.

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    Is Manitoba providing anything to essential workers under the Risk Recognition Program? Deadline for application was June 29. We have heard nothing further about this.

    JHD asked 7 months ago

    For information about the Manitoba Risk Recognition Program please contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office, toll free, at 1-888-805-7554.

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    Can I have a small buffet for a private group of 20 after a funeral. No there customers will be admitted.

    Plumas Inn asked 7 months ago

    Restaurants/food services should not offer buffet services at this time. Food and drinks must be delivered directly to customers. Additional guidelines for restaurants/food service are available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

    Additional guidelines for hosting funerals can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html.

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    Dance

    dance studio asked 7 months ago

    Additional information on this topic is now available in the draft plan for Phase Four. The draft plan can be viewed at http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-four.html. Phase Four has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Four. We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-four-restoring-safe-services.  

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    Our small rural charity hopes to host a fundraising golf tournament in September, in Emerson, Manitoba. What do you suggest we do to ensure the safety of our volunteers and max. 36 golfers? How would we best have the registration take place as we must have that take place in person?

    Holly Rafferty asked 7 months ago

    Each sports organization and/or facility must establish a plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants and spectators. Public health officials have developed guidelines including a risk assessment and mitigation tool which can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

    Organizations are responsible for their own plan and to ensure activities are in compliance with the public health orders. At this time the province will not be approving plans. If organizations have questions specific to health guidance related to modifications they can contact Ask Health at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/Ask_Health/.

    Tournaments are not recommended at this time due to an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the high number of participants, staff and volunteers, travel of participants from other regions and the potential for individuals gathering before and after games. If organizers proceed with a modified tournament that meets COVID-19 sports guidance, consider the following:

    • Develop event-specific plans that include creative ways to minimize risk while ensuring that physical distancing, gathering size and capacity limits outlined are followed.
    • Limit contact with other participants as much as possible.
      • Play over a longer period of time (days or weeks) or at different sites to reduce the number of potential contacts over a short period of time.
      • Avoid having participants or teams waiting on site between games.
    • Spectators are not recommended.
    • Discourage groups of people from gathering before and after events (e.g. do not include beer gardens, awards banquets, etc.). 
    • Provide virtual options for spectators to view the tournament.
    • Where possible, activities should be adapted and moved to outdoors to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.


    Additional guidelines for golf courses and sports in general can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    Hello, I wanted to confirm that vendors are not included in the total guests in a room for events. My wedding is coming up and I understand the indoor limit is 50 people. Does this mean I can have 50 guests that I can invite and any vendors such as the priests, church staff, camera,video,caterers are excluded from this amount of 50 people? Also wanted to confirm that I can have 2 groups of 50 guests in the church in seperate rooms (2 rooms- 50 people in each) where they can distance and they won't co-mingle-- seperate entrances and exits. And if I were to move the event to an outdoor tent with 100 guests and no walls after the wedding, then those 2 groups of 50 would be allowed to be in the same tent of 100? Please confirm

    Amy1 asked 7 months ago

    At this time staff/vendors are not counted towards the number of attendees at public gatherings such as weddings.

    Yes, when the event moves outdoors the two groups can intermingle.

    Additional guidelines for hosting weddings can be found at http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html

    Additional information on public gatherings such as weddings is now available in the draft plan for Phase Four. The draft plan can be viewed at http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-four.html. Phase Four has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Four. We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-four-restoring-safe-services

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    I understand that Manitobans are permitted to travel west of MB and as far east as Terrace Bay, ON without self-isolating upon their return. However they are not permitted to visit personal care homes or long-term care facilities as they are at higher risk and more vulnerable. Given that exception to the travel rule, and as I am at higher risk myself for contracting any virus, can I request that my clients refrain from booking an appointment at my healthcare practice for 14 days after their return to Manitoba to help minimize the risk to myself/my family?

    TriciaW asked 7 months ago

    Public health does not recommend that businesses deny service to travellers that are exempt from the self-isolation order so long as they are not symptomatic and have no known exposures. All individuals who are exempt from the self-isolation order are advised to self-monitor for symptoms, maintain appropriate distance from others, follow all general public health measures (e.g., hand hygiene, cough etiquette, etc.) and are encouraged to avoid places where physical distancing is not possible. 

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    Outdoor swimming pool: is team pool volleyball in the shallow end of an outdoor swimming pool safe if participants can remain 6 feet apart? Does the ball get disinfected by the chlorine in a well maintained chemically lanced pool?

    Danwon asked 7 months ago

    Water-based sports are allowed. Each sports organization and/or facility must establish a plan for how to minimize physical contact and the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants. Outdoor activities are lower risk for transmission of COVID-19 than indoor activities. Individual or group activities that have close prolonged face-to-face contact (e.g. boxing, football) are higher risk, and will require some modification of the sport or activity to minimize this type of contact. Guidance on performing a risk assessment for different activities and establishing plans is posted online at manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html. Organizations are responsible for their own plan and to ensure activities are in compliance with the public health orders. 

    Additional information on team sports and recreational activities can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

    Our team can provide answers on how Restoring Safe Services applies to businesses. We are unable to answer specific public health questions but want to help you get the information you need. Please direct your question about chlorine disinfection online to AskHealth at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/Ask_Health/.