Phase Two: Restoring Safe Services

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Many of the changes outlined in Phase Two come into effect on June 1, 2020.

Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January. These measures have successfully flattened the curve in fewer instances of COVID-19 and reduced rates of positive tests from peaks experienced in early April. Provide your feedback by completing the survey below.

May 27,2020 Restoring Safe Services Phase Two
Public Health Guidance for Businesses
Guidance for Industry Sectors
Sports Guidance

Please Note: Changes in Phase Two are in addition to those introduced in Phase One. If no changes are outlined in Phase Two the conditions outlined in Phase One still apply.

Many of the changes outlined in Phase Two come into effect on June 1, 2020.

Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January. These measures have successfully flattened the curve in fewer instances of COVID-19 and reduced rates of positive tests from peaks experienced in early April. Provide your feedback by completing the survey below.

May 27,2020 Restoring Safe Services Phase Two
Public Health Guidance for Businesses
Guidance for Industry Sectors
Sports Guidance

Please Note: Changes in Phase Two are in addition to those introduced in Phase One. If no changes are outlined in Phase Two the conditions outlined in Phase One still apply.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Hello, I own a hair and nail salon and have a question regarding food and beverage services. With the announcement of restaurants being able to open to 100% capacity, we are curious if we are able to resume our beverage and food services. We are licensed, and our food and beverages are always served by a designated staff member so it isn't self serve. Any information would be great! Thank you

    AmyHairSalon asked 21 days ago

    Food and beverages may be served following the guidelines for restaurants/food service, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    We are a vocational college that has begun re-opening to allow a limited number of students on-site for hand-on practical learning only. Can we also have administrative staff on-site to meet with potential students interested in future enrollment, while maintaining distancing protocol?

    WayneP asked 22 days ago

    Administrative staff may be on-site and meet with students. However, the occupancy is limited to 50 per cent of the usual capacity of the space, or a maximum of 25 students, whichever is less. Physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained where reasonably possible. Additional guidelines for vocational colleges can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    I’d like to get more clarity on singing in a church context. In your responses you refer to large choirs not being permitted. In our context the singing is led from the stage by a small group of musicians and the congregation joins in their singing. Given this scenario is the congregation considered a choir?

    RL asked 22 days ago

    At this time group singing is not recommended. If groups do sing they should follow limits on public gatherings (50 indoors or 100 outdoors). Additional guidelines for singers and instrumentalists can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

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    Are retreat centres allowed to have people stay overnight?

    Robert I Smith asked 22 days ago

    Retreat centres and similar businesses can offer overnight accommodations at this time as long as members of the public can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres apart with the exception of brief encounters. Food establishments inside these businesses must follow the restrictions laid out for all food establishments. Amenities may reopen if businesses that exclusively offer such services can reopen at this time. If they may reopen, they must follow the same regulations for businesses that offer those services. For example, amenities such as fitness centres and pools may reopen but must follow the restrictions businesses of that nature must follow while saunas and indoor theatres must remain closed at this time. 

    We encourage you to review the information and guidelines available in Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. It contains a variety of resources for businesses and industries. While there may not be a document specific to your situation, many of the guidelines may apply to your business and be useful in planning how to move forward.

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    What are retreat centres classified as?

    Robert I Smith asked 22 days ago

    Retreat centres should follow the guidelines for community centres, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. Retreat centres can be reopened if they are used for activities that are currently allowed and follow the specific guidelines provided for those activities. 

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    Its been confirmed by you that martial arts are part of team sports and recreational activities as part of phase two. But the SOE explicitly states that martial art studios are subject to order 2(2) schedule B rather than order 9 (sporting and recreational activities) Order 9 outlines that the sport can resume with modifications to minimize contact per guidelines. but order 2 requires 2m separation. Can martial arts resume with modifications to limit and minimize contact per the guidelines or are martial arts still forced to maintain 2m separate at all times during the sporting activities (no contact)

    Soci asked 23 days ago

    Martial arts studios are classified under Schedule A of the public health order issued June 18, 2020. Effective June 21, a business listed in Schedule A of the public health order, including a martial arts studio, may open if they implement measures to ensure that people are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public and limit the occupancy to 50% of the usual occupancy of the premises or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that are open to the public, whichever is lower.

    In addition to the requirements for martial arts studios, 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. Individual or group activities that have close prolonged face-to-face contact (e.g. martial arts) are higher risk, and will require some modification of the sport or activity to minimize this type of contact.

    To assist organizations return to sports the province has developed guidance that will help participants and organizers responsible for recreational activities (e.g. provincial and local/municipal authorities, sports, and recreation organizations, coaches and leaders) consider the risks associated with recreational activities in Manitoba during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides examples of strategies that may be implemented to reduce potential risks. Each sport or recreational activity group/organization and/or facility must establish a plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants and spectators. Guidelines including the risk assessment and mitigation tool 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 around modifications they can contact AskHealth at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/Ask_Health.

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    I have opened my business for a month and am finding it is not working. My normal amount of occupancy is 18, but at this time, because it is a small place, I can only have 4 people at a time. So my question is, can I close my business and reapply for CERB?

    JIMoore56 asked 17 days ago

    Businesses can call the Manitoba Economic Support Centre at 1-888-805-7554 for information and guidance on the supports available for businesses. Additional information about provincial and federal financial support for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/index.html.  

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    I am the Executive Director of a youth center in a small town in southern Manitoba. I need to know what requirements and restrictions I need to follow in regards to transporting kids and teens in our 15 passenger van. We are following distancing, and sanitation guidelines, masks etc. We really want to plan out our summer events for the kids but many things would require transportation. Thank you.

    YFCAltona asked 21 days ago

    Children from different households must sit 2 metres apart in the vehicle. Children from the same household do not need to adhere to the 2 metre distance. 

    Public health recommends that children taking shared transportation clean their hands before boarding and upon arrival at their destination. Passengers should be reminded that while in the vehicle, they should not touch their face, follow cough etiquette and avoid eating. 

    Installing a Plexiglas shield by the driver is consistent with best practices. If the driver has a Plexiglas shield, PPE would not be recommended although they could consider wearing a non-medical mask. Additional workplace guidance for business owners can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html

    Other important considerations related to transportation include:

    • Keep passenger manifests for 21 days to ensure appropriate public health follow-up can take place if a child is exposed to COVID-19 during transport. No additional information than what is already collected is required.
    • Parent/guardian must screen children each day prior to boarding the vehicle. Children who are ill are not to board the vehicle or attend the event. Should the child become ill during transport, the child must be screened and immediately isolated upon arrival, and contact the parent/guardian to pick-up their child.
    • Opening windows is recommended (weather permitting) as increased ventilation reduces the risk of transmission.
    • It is recommended that vehicles be cleaned/disinfected before and after every route, at minimum once a day.
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    I have a question regarding posed newborn photography sessions. There has been mention that there can be the exception of brief exchanges (10 mins) when one is not 2 meters apart. My question is when it’s not possible for the parents to even safely pose their baby on their own can we than be allow to step in and do our job properly while wearing the proper PPE to work with and pose the baby to ensure that it’s done safely?

    Photognewborn asked 21 days ago

    Newborn photography services may be offered as long as two metres of separation can be maintained between those offering and receiving the service, except for brief exchanges. Public health officials continue to advise people to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household. Therefore photographers should limit the time of interactions. Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. 

    Personal protective equipment may be used to protect the photographer and clients. However, businesses should not rely solely on personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The general recommendations of staying home when sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and proper respiratory etiquette remain the most important and effective measures.

    Additional information on reducing risk and preventing spread of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/index.html. The level of risk that individuals and businesses are comfortable with is different for every person. Each person and business needs to decide their comfort level of risk related to COVID-19.

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    Hi there! We own a hair and nail salon and are wondering - Are we able to increase our business capacity potential with the opening of phase 3 by installing plexiglass shields in between stations? Or must we maintain a physical distance of 2 meters even if there were plexiglass shields in between stations?

    AmyHairSalon asked 21 days ago

    There are no changes to hair stylists, barbers or personal services businesses, such as nail salons, at this time. Conditions outlined in earlier phases continue to apply. These businesses must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, and 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. 

    Additional information for hair stylists and personal services businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    In phase 3 when the 14 day self isolation rule from the identified locations in Canada is lifted effective June 21- does this mean that someone who arrived here before that date from those locations and is only partway through their 14 day isolation can stop their self isolation immediately. Or do they need to continue for the full 14 days.

    Cindy Anne asked 22 days ago

    Effective June 21, individuals are no longer required to self-isolate if they are asymptomatic, have no known exposure to COVID-19 and have not travelled to another country or any part of Canada outside of western Canada or Northwestern Ontario in the 14-day period immediately before entering Manitoba. Additional information for travellers can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/.  

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    sports

    Soci asked 20 days ago

    Information for sports can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. Guidance for sports organizers and participants can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

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    Do you have a check list of things employers should do when an employee states they have developed symptoms of COVID-19 at the workplace?

    RushDW asked 23 days ago

    Workplaces should have an infection prevention and control plan in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This should include identifying an area that an employee can self-isolate and develop a plan, should they become ill while at work. If an employee develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, coughing or sneezing) while at work, they should immediately self-isolate from others and call Health Links–Info Santé (204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257).

    If an employee in your workplace tests positive for COVID-19, public health officials will call the workplace directly to provide advice if any additional measures need to be taken at your workplace.

    Additional information on ensuring safe and healthy workplaces can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/index.html, as well as in the fact sheets at https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/coronavirus/workplace_responsibilities.pdf and https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/coronavirus/restoring-workplace-guidance.pdf.

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    Hello, I am running a day camp this summer and we have an indoor play structure and rock wall. What are the guidelines when it comes to cleaning and using the play structure and rock wall. Can we have kids use it, and do we have to clean between each use? I have looked at the other documents and the government website and cannot find an answer.

    Rebecca Engel asked 23 days ago

    Effective June 21, indoor recreation facilities such as climbing facilities and indoor children’s playgrounds may open. However, these facilities must follow the same regulations as businesses that exclusively offer those facilities. The guidelines for indoor recreation include that people must be able to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Occupancy of these facilities must be limited to 50 per cent of normal activity levels and limit congregation of multiple day camp groups. Surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized between users and common use items should be removed unless they can be cleaned between users. Additional guidelines for indoor recreation can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html#collapse19.

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    Hello, I am the director of a day camp that will be running this summer. We are trying to find the guidelines that we should be following in order to have a safe and successful camp. The only information that we have been given is the number of campers we can have. I want to know if we should be following the same guidelines as a day care or if we should be looking at what schools have been doing. I have called and have read all of the documents on the Government page and I am not getting an answer, please do not refer me to the page, instead let me know what guidelines to follow as our camp starts in less than two weeks.

    Rebecca Engel asked 23 days ago

    Where possible, day camps should maintain occupancy and design activities to allow children and staff to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Choirs, band camps or musical theatre activities will not be allowed, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing as compared to speaking.

    In addition to general public health guidance for businesses, other important considerations for day camps include:

    • Screening must occur each day at drop off. Children with symptoms should not be allowed to attend. Child care centre sanitation and infection prevention guidelines must be followed. For detailed information, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/resources/pubs/infection_control.pdf
    • Disinfect surfaces frequently.
    • Be outdoors as much as possible. Promote individual activity to minimize contact. Contact sports or games or the use shared equipment is strongly discouraged. Remove toys, crafts and books that are not easily sanitized.
    • Encourage extra handwashing for staff and campers.
    • Stagger meals/snacks/naps and encourage physical distance between campers.
    • Sites must use separate exits, develop staggered drop-off schedules and ensure there is no contact throughout the day with other groups.


    Effective June 21, the maximum number of children per day camp group is 50.

    Additional information for day camps can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    Are fundraising barbeques allowed at this time (i.e. hot dog and hamburger sales)? If so, are there restrictions and who is responsible for monitoring that physical distancing, etc. is being done? Is it the volunteer organization and/or the property owner where the sales are being held?

    Twyla asked 22 days ago

    Barbecue fundraisers should follow the same guidelines as restaurants/food service and retail businesses. Related recommended guidelines include using cashless or no-contact payment to the greatest extent possible, actively discouraging congregation of people, and using safe food handling practices to reduce handling of shared food and utensils (e.g., do not use self-serve buffets, provide pre-packaged meals, have servers dish food, remove shared condiment bottles, etc.). Additional details for restaurants/food service can be found here and here, and guidelines for retail businesses can be found here.

    The event organizers are responsible to ensure that physical distancing is maintained and all other applicable guidelines are followed throughout the event.

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    We own a seasonal campground north of Gimli. Is it ok to allow our tenants to have overnight guests to sleep in one R.V. who do not normally reside with them? We are aware that social distancing is still necessary and are unclear how we can allow overnight stays in one R.V. if required to social distance. Thanks in advance.

    Andreas asked 23 days ago

    There are currently no provincial orders in place restricting people from different households from sharing lodging. However, individuals are advised to physically distance themselves from people outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. Campgrounds are not required to enforce physical distancing inside customers’ private lodging.

    Additionally, all people arriving in Manitoba, including Manitoba residents, are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Family and/or friends visiting from outside of Manitoba must self-isolate for 14 days. They should practice physical distancing and self-monitor for symptoms.

    Additional information on Manitoba travel restrictions are now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.


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    Looking ahead to Phase 3, Are Board Game cafés best described as grouped with Public Gatherings or Retail Business or Indoor recreation? If we encouraged our patrons to follow Health orders and wear a mask would resuming events without exceeding capacity/zoning be permitted? No food or beverage either.

    RichardD asked 23 days ago

    Currently, the café portion of your business may be open following the guidelines for restaurants, which can be found here and here. If your business sells board games, you may reopen this portion of your business as well, following the guidelines for retail businesses.

    Businesses that allow patrons to play board games are considered indoor recreation and cannot operate at this time. However, they may be included in future phases of restoring services. Additional information on indoor recreation is available in the draft plan for Phase Three, which can be viewed at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three. 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.

    As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.  

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services.

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    Clarification required: In a previous question, you responded quote: "Martial arts falls under team sports and other recreational activities. " However it is not explicitly listed in the SOE as such. Could you please re-confirm that martial arts is under team sports and other recreational activities?

    Soci asked 23 days ago

    For the purposes of Phase Two, martial arts are considered team sports/other recreational activities. Information on the restrictions and guidelines for team sports and other recreational activities under Phase Two can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.  

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    Patio limits

    Coz asked 23 days ago

    Currently patios at restaurants, bars, brew pubs and similar businesses may open at 50 per cent capacity, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. Additional information on patios at restaurants, bars and similar businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

    Additional information on patios at restaurants, bars and similar businesses is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three. 

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Hello, I am a manager of a golf course and we would like to host Canada day Celebrations at the course , and we would like to inquire what the rules and regulations are on Bouncy Castles for children?

    Golf Course asked 24 days ago

    Outdoor recreation facilities such as bouncy castles may open if the organization implements 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. Additionally, these facilities should follow the guidelines for outdoor recreation facilities which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Are outdoor floating waterparks allowed to be open under phase 2?

    Gabe asked 24 days ago

    Outdoor floating water parks may open 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 sites are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Additionally, these sites should follow the guidelines for pools and splash parks which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    What are the guidelines for business washrooms? Can they be open to public and if so what are the requirements of the business for maintenance.

    lpen asked 29 days ago

    Business washrooms may be open to the public. Businesses should ensure that users can maintain a two metre distance from other members of the public in washroom lines and in all washroom facilities. The business should plan for enhanced cleaning/disinfection of these facilities, daily to multiple times a day if possible. How this is achieved is up to the business; there are no specific guidelines. Additionally, washroom facilities should contain adequate hand washing and/or sanitizer stations and consider using disposable towels or dryers instead of cloth towels. Additional guidance for businesses on ensuring safe and healthy spaces can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/index.html.

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    We are a weigh scale company in Manitoba and have a customer in Regina,SK that bought a truck scale from us last summer and it requires some warranty parts to make it operational again. We will be out of the province of Manitoba for 1 day. I would like to know if we are considered critical infrastructure and would not be subject to a 14 day quarantine upon arrival back in to Manitoba. We are deemed by many of our customers as essential service please advise. Thanks

    Ryan Mihaychuk asked 24 days ago

    All people 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. Being a part of essential services and businesses in Manitoba does not in and of itself qualify an individual for an exception to the self-isolation orders. To be exempt from the mandatory 14 day self-isolation period upon entering Manitoba, they must meet the specific criteria in the self-isolation order which can be found at  https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders_soe_selfisolation_04302020.pdf

    Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    Hello we are a fitness facility and wondering about staffing regulations. We are normally a 24 hour unstaffed facility and wondering if we need to be staffed for every hour we are open even if we have schedule cleaning sessions every 2 hours

    Treasure Daneliuk asked 24 days ago

    Fitness facilities are responsible to ensure that their operations are in compliance with the public health orders. A business listed in Schedule B of the public health order, including fitness centres and gyms, may open if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the business; and limit the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual occupancy of the premises or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that are open to the public, whichever is lower. These regulations are enforceable by law. The order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

    Public health officials have provided a number ways for gyms to further decrease their risk of COVID-19 transmission. This information can be found in the Phase Two guidelines on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.   

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    weddings

    concerned venue renter asked 24 days ago

    Weddings must follow the guidelines for public gatherings. Currently public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors. Staff and officiants count towards the number of attendees. People attending weddings should maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre separation between chairs. When standing at weddings, including on dance floors, a two metre separation is also required for non-household members. Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. Additional guidelines for hosting and attending weddings can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html

    Additional information about the current restrictions and guidelines for public gatherings can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. Additional recommendations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

    Additional information on public gatherings is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Hello. We are lodge operators and have live in staff. We have planned for separate dinner times for each staff accommodation. The staff dining room will be sanitized in between dinner times. Are we permitted to have the staff serve themselves when it is their appointed dinner time since they are dining with their household? If not in Phase 2, will it be allowed in phase 3.

    Juliet asked 26 days ago

    We encourage you to review the information and guidelines available in Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. It contains a variety of resources for industries. While there may not be a document specific to your situation, many of the guidelines may apply to your business and be useful in planning how to move forward.

    In particular, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed general guidelines and tips for work camps that may apply to your situation. CCOHS recommends using safe food handling practices to reduce handling of shared food and utensils (e.g., do not use self-serve buffets, provide pre-packaged meals, have servers dish food, remove shared condiment bottles, etc.). Additional information can be found at https://www.ccohs.ca//images/products/pandemiccovid19/pdf/work_camps.pdf.

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    Can team sports that have contact resume? Do we need to submit a plan following the provided risk assessment guidelines? Is there an approval process ?

    Soci asked 26 days ago

    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. 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.

    To assist organizations return to sports the province has developed guidance that will help participants and organizers responsible for recreational activities (e.g. provincial and local/municipal authorities, sports, and recreation organizations, coaches and leaders) consider the risks associated with recreational activities in Manitoba during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides examples of strategies that may be implemented to reduce potential risks. Each sport or recreational activity group/organization and/or facility must establish a plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants and spectators. Guidelines including the risk assessment and mitigation tool 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 around modifications they can contact AskHealth at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/Ask_Health.

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    Travel

    Girl55 asked 26 days ago

    Information about Manitoba travel restrictions, including the self-isolation order and the order prohibiting travel to northern Manitoba can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html. Additional information for Manitoba residents on travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts is available in the Phase Two plan at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

    Additional information on travel is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three. We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    We are a non or profit organization that runs a tourist train in Manitoba. We lease some property in Grosse Isle MB to another non for profit organization that maintains a prairie grass preserve. They are asking us if they are allowed to provide tours to the public at this time and if so what restrictions would need to be in place? The entire property that they lease is outside with no buildings.

    Jeff Livingstone asked 26 days ago

    A business/organization that is not listed in Schedule A, B or C of the public health order and whose ability to open is not otherwise specifically addressed in the orders may open. The public health orders and schedules and can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

    If members of the public are permitted to attend, the operator must implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. 

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

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    Can customers who don’t live in the same household meet at a bar and sit at the same table?

    KatB asked 26 days ago

    People socializing together are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together); seating arrangements should allow for a two metre separation between individuals from different households. 

    Additional information on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

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    What is the protocol to disinfect cloth chairs between clients. Thank you

    Business asked 26 days ago

    Businesses should have an enhanced and frequent cleaning regime. It is the business’s responsibility to ensure that areas are cleaned between use. How this is achieved is up to the business; there are no specific guidelines. Additional information for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    As a private sports specific skill development (business) I have no affiliation or connection to the provincial sport organization body - regulating the sport. That PSO has set guidelines / timelines for its members. If I follow the guidelines as set up by "restoring safe services - sport guidelines", and not the specific guidelines set out by the specific PSO, because I am a private business, am I as a small business owner at risk or in violation of any laws or statutes?

    Strebel asked 27 days ago

    Each sports organization/business must establish a plan for how to minimize physical contact and the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants in the activities that organization/business operates. The public health order does not require independent sports organizations to follow the guidelines of a specific provincial sport body.

    Guidance on performing a risk assessment for different activities and establishing plans is posted online at manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

    Additional guidelines for sports can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    As a church, we are wondering about regulations for congregational singing. What are the regulations for indoor gatherings of 25 as well as outdoor gatherings of 50. Also, if we host a drive-in church service, are there any further regulations for singing?

    SHINA asked about 1 month ago

    Large choirs should not be allowed at this time, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. Performers and audiences should follow gathering size limitations. Preference should be given to outdoor sites for events to further minimize risk. The number of vocalists and instrumentalists should be limited to soloists or small groups.

    Additionally, public health officials have developed guidance for vocalists to assess and reduce the risk of transmission, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

    Guidelines for holding outdoor drive-in events can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    Are we allowed to have congregational singing in our church service during phase 2. (We are adhering to the number and social distancing guidelines.)

    Ivories asked about 1 month ago

    Large choirs should not be allowed at this time, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. Performers and audiences should follow gathering size limitations. Preference should be given to outdoor sites for events to further minimize risk. The number of vocalists and instrumentalists should be limited to soloists or small groups.

    Additionally, public health officials have developed guidance for vocalists to assess and reduce the risk of transmission, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

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    Hi, would congregational singing be permitted if our church observes the 2 meters of social distancing outdoors and we have under 50 people? We’re wondering if the “not allowing choirs or musical theatre activities” guidelines also includes socially distanced congregational singing outdoors. Thank-you.

    Hermit asked about 1 month ago

    Large choirs should not be allowed at this time, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. Performers and audiences should follow gathering size limitations. Preference should be given to outdoor sites for events to further minimize risk. The number of vocalists and instrumentalists should be limited to soloists or small groups.

    Additionally, public health officials have developed guidance for vocalists to assess and reduce the risk of transmission, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

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    What is the current recommendation for singing in a public gathering (church setting)?

    laudau asked about 1 month ago

    Large choirs should not be allowed at this time, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. Performers and audiences should follow gathering size limitations. Preference should be given to outdoor sites for events to further minimize risk. The number of vocalists and instrumentalists should be limited to soloists or small groups.

    Additionally, public health officials have developed guidance for vocalists to assess and reduce the risk of transmission, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

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    The phase 2 document directly addresses singing in day camp and in school settings (it’s not permitted) yet it does not mention singing in church settings. We understand singing to be a super spreader of the virus. Is singing permitted in indoor groups of 25 or less or in the unlimited physically distanced outdoor gatherings as outlined in the document?

    Mamabird asked about 1 month ago

    Large choirs should not be allowed at this time, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. Performers and audiences should follow gathering size limits. Preference should be given to outdoor sites for events to further minimize risk. The number of vocalists and instrumentalists should be limited to soloists or small groups.

    Additionally, public health officials have developed guidance for vocalists to assess and reduce the risk of transmission, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

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    Is it legal for 8 non-related Manitoba residents to travel in 2 vehicles North of 53 for a fishing trip? Bringing 2 boats, all food and supplies. Staying in 1 or 2 cabins at a fishing lodge. Any restrictions to the number of people allowed per vehicle, boat or cabin?

    BrentA asked 28 days ago

    Manitoba residents may travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel from within Manitoba under certain restrictions and guidelines. Information on the public health order regarding northern travel can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html, and additional information is available in the Phase Two guidelines at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html. 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.

    There are currently no provincial orders in place restricting people from sharing a vehicle or lodging. However, individuals are advised to physically distance themselves from people outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. For additional information on reducing risk while sharing a vehicle, please visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/transportation.html. Additional information on reducing risk in general can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

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    Are we able to offer a grab your own towel serve for when ppl shower?

    cam1976 asked 28 days ago

    The current guidelines for pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and similar facilities advise that these facilities not offer towel service. Additionally, they should encourage individuals to shower at home and limit use of locker areas. Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Our employees are very concerned that if anyone in our office were to test positive, that our entire office would automatically be shut down for 14 days with everyone send home to self-quarantine. I can't find any information that disputes that or suggests that the public health recommendations would be based on the protocols in place and risk factors. One of them lives in a apartment building where the entire building was quarantined for 14 days.

    Microfiche asked 27 days ago

    A public health investigation is automatically triggered when someone receives a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. Public Health notifies close contacts of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Many people think they may be a close contact. However, if they are, they will be notified by Public Health. Close contacts will be asked to self-isolate and may be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop. All people who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

    Additional information on self-isolation and contact tracing can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

    Additional information for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/index.html.

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    I did not see any mention of dance floors in the phase 3, can you confirm if dance floors are now allowed at events?

    Manjot asked 28 days ago

    Dance floors are permitted in certain settings, such as at weddings. Dance classes and practices are allowed with certain guidelines under Phase Two, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html. However, dance floors in bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses are not permitted to be open at this time.

    Additional information on this topic for bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs and similar businesses is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Will parades be allowed in phase 3

    CJansen asked 27 days ago

    A draft plan of Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services has been released. The draft plan can be viewed at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three. 

    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. 

    As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    Are restaurant tables still capped at 10 people max? Even if we can make a reservation for 25 people? Does that mean that the restaurant then provides 2 tables of 10 and 1 table of 5, all socially distanced of each other? Would that be the same for Phase 3?

    Patios asked 27 days ago

    The current guidelines for restaurants are available at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

    Additional information for restaurants is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    For Community Centres, in point two of the Phase Two Guidebook, it states that a staff must be present at the one entrance while the community centre is in use. If the community centre is rented out, and the renter has access to keys and is following guidelines for number of people, can the staff leave or must they be present the entire time?

    AMR832 asked 28 days ago

    Community centres are responsible to ensure that their operations are in compliance with the public health orders. The order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

    Public health officials have provided a number ways for community centres to further decrease their risk of COVID-19 transmission. This information can be found in the Phase Two guidelines on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

    Additional information for community centres is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.   

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    If I am an essential work or a cottage owner from boarder community and develop respiratory symptoms while away and return home to Manitoba, after going for testing am I required to isolate for 14 days nonessential individuals or only after 24 hours of being symptom free.

    DebbieLD asked 28 days ago

    The exemption to the public health order for Manitoba residents who regularly travel outside Manitoba to border communities for essential purposes only applies if you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, coughing or sneezing) after travelling outside of Manitoba you must immediately contact a health care provider. Testing does not exempt individuals from self-isolating. Once you have been tested, public health officials will advise you on next steps.

    Additional information on the self-isolation order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html. Additional information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Certain Post secondary schools that are approved by Private vocational training institute have courses that require physical classroom contact, for example paramedic and emergency medical responder training. Social distancing is impossible. At this point in phased reopening, is it allowed to reopen with reduced classroom numbers, N95 and eye protection for students?.

    Smart Ems asked 28 days ago

    Vocational colleges may provide learning in settings where learning requires hands-on experience. Physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained where reasonably possible. Appropriate institution specific guidance should be developed for situations where close contact cannot be reasonably avoided. Refer to the workplace guidance for businesses web page for more information. Additional current information for vocational colleges under Phase Two can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

    Additional information for vocational colleges is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    Why is it that nothing has been addressed to successfully have medically fragile students that need 1:1 EA support back in the classroom in June?

    speckers89 asked 29 days ago

    Manitoba Education, in consultation with education partners, is developing a re-entry framework to guide schools in their planning. The plan will be guided by the advice of Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. The safety and well-being of students and school staff are essential as we plan for the return of in-class learning. We are also seeking input from families and students in the development of our plan.  A survey will soon be available at https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services.

    Additionally, more information on schools is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three is not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan for Phase Three by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    With Phase 3 will Manitobans be able to travel into Kenora without having to isolate for 14 days upon their return to Manitoba?

    AJW asked 27 days ago

    Additional information on this topic is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    inter provincial travel

    jbnic asked 28 days ago

    Additional information on this topic is now available in the draft plan for Phase Three. Detailed information on the draft plan for Phase Three of service restoration can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. Phase Three has not yet started. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three.

    We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    Can salons perform a perm now?

    Teagan S. asked 28 days ago

    Effective May 4, a business that provides hairdressing or barbering services, may reopen provided that the only services provided 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.

    All businesses are currently required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Additional guidelines for hair salons are available at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    With Phase 3, does this mean that gyms can be open 24/7 and without staffing during those times?? Provided that proper signage, wipes, etc. being provided??

    Gregs asked 28 days ago

    A draft plan of Phase Three of Restoring Safe Services has been released. The draft plan can be viewed at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-three.html. We value your thoughts; Manitobans can provide their feedback on the draft plan by visiting https://engagemb.ca/phase-three-restoring-safe-services. Phase Three has not yet started. Phase Three is tentatively planned to begin on June 21, 2020. Changes may be made between the release of the draft plan and the launch of Phase Three. 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. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

    Gyms are responsible to ensure that their operations are in compliance with the public health orders. The order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html. Additionally, public health officials have provided a number of guidelines for fitness centres and ways to further decrease their risk of COVID-19 transmission. Guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    This has been asked a few times in a few different ways and whoever provides the answers is just repeating the guidelines over and over and not actually giving clarification or reasons. Can a real person please answer. If a gym has fulfilled all of the requirements laid out in the phase two document and the only way anyone can enter the facility is by key card or fob so our capacity can be monitored better than most businesses because we have the capability of only turning on so many key cards and fobs for certain times AND all equipment and machines have been spaced out to ensure proper physical distancing AND at some point humans have to be able to manage social distancing without a babysitter, can we book blocks of time outside of staffed hours if we ensure cleaning crew enters the facility immediately after the block of time is over. If not, why? The capacity is being monitored and cleaning/disinfecting is still being done immediately after the bookings. Do we really have to have staff onsite just to make sure adults don't get too close to each other? 24/7 gyms success has much to do with members being able to have access more than just staffed hours and none of us, especially smaller, independent gyms can afford staff or to have the owner sit onsite 24/7.

    Bird asked 28 days ago

    Gyms are responsible to ensure that their operations are in compliance with the public health orders. A business listed in Schedule B of the public health order, including fitness centres and gyms, may open if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the business; and limit the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual occupancy of the premises or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that are open to the public, whichever is lower. These regulations are enforceable by law. The order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

    Public health officials have provided a number ways for gyms to further decrease their risk of COVID-19 transmission. This information can be found in the Phase Two guidelines on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.   

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    Just to be clear, a 24/7 gym cannot be open 24/7 unless it is staffed and uses a reservation system? Are the guidelines just "suggestions" or are they mandates enforceable by fines? Seeing some gyms opening 24/7 that are definitely not staffed.

    FITT asked 28 days ago

    Gyms are responsible to ensure that their operations are in compliance with the public health orders. A business listed in Schedule B of the public health order, including fitness centres and gyms, may open if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public at the business; and limit the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual occupancy of the premises or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that are open to the public, whichever is lower. These regulations are enforceable by law. The order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

    Public health officials have provided a number of guidelines for fitness centres and ways to further decrease their risk of COVID-19 transmission. Guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.   

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    Under the current rules baseball can be played and rules adhered to. But what is the guidelines for parks that have 3 or 4 baseball diamonds located at them. Is each ball diamond considered it's own entity in regards to the current maximum 50 cap? And also what is the distance between groups needed for them to considered their own group in a multi-use outdoor facility?

    Curious George asked 28 days ago

    There is no fixed maximum on the number of people who may be training or playing baseball at an outdoor baseball diamond. The group size limits (e.g. currently 50 people outdoors) for public gatherings apply to weddings, worship, retirement parties or other similar events. These limits do not apply to team sports. Team sports facilities such as ballparks are limited to 50 per cent of the site's usual capacity in areas where sporting or recreational activities are not conducted, and spectators must be reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others.

    However, when multiple teams are present at one ballpark with multiple fields, there is an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the high number of participants, staff and volunteers, and the potential for congregation of individuals before and after games. To ensure that facilities return to sports safely each club or organization needs to establish a plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants as well as spectators. Guidelines including the risk assessment and mitigation tool 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.

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    Not sure if my question went through. Trying to find out if the plexiglass dividers have been approved for golf carts in Manitoba

    Catheryn asked 28 days ago

    Two people from separate households cannot share the same golf cart unless there is an appropriate barrier in place (e.g. a plastic shield between the driver and passenger). Additional guidelines for golf courses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    With the opening of municipal indoor and/ or outdoor facilities - is it the municipality's responsibility to provide hand sanitizing products for public use?

    CLK asked 29 days ago

    Community centres and other multi-purpose facilities can be reopened if they are used for classes and activities allowed in Phase Two and follow the specific guidelines provided for those classes/activities. Facilities should ensure hand hygiene stations are available at entry and throughout the facility. Additional guidelines for community centres/indoor facilities as well as outdoor recreation facilities can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    I own a fishing resort in the North of 53 area. I have many Saskatchewan guests booked. When will residents from other provinces be allowed to travel to North of 53?

    Debi asked 28 days ago

    We do not currently have an answer on this topic. As new phases get implemented, additional information and guidelines will be released. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Are in-home photo studios allowed to be open for family sessions with limited number of people (1 per 10 square meters)? The 2m distance will be maintained except for brief exchanges. Thank you.

    NBphoto asked 28 days ago

    Photography services may be offered as long as two metres of separation can be maintained between those offering and receiving the service, except for brief exchanges. Photography businesses should follow the guidelines for businesses, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html

    People are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. 

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    Question about travel from the states. I know if someone travels to Manitoba, they need to self isolate for 14 days. Does the person they are coming to visit need to also self isolate

    Seasonal camps asked 28 days ago

    Family and/or friends visiting from outside of Manitoba are subject to the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days. They should practice physical distancing and self-monitor for symptoms. If the visitor develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 they should be tested for the virus. If the visitor is found to be positive, the people they have visited could be seen as contacts and, if so, would be directed by public health to self-isolate.

    If an individual who has had out-of-province visitors has been self-monitoring and starts to experience fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or any other symptoms, they should immediately separate themselves from all other people, and call Health Links - Info Santé to determine the best course of action. For information about self-isolation and self-monitoring, as well as reducing the risk of COVID-19, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

    In the case of visitors from the U.S., the Government of Canada has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act, as well as Canada-U.S. border restrictions on discretionary/optional travel. It applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act. Examples of discretionary/optional travel include tourism, recreation and entertainment. Details about the federal quarantine order can be found https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html.

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    We are hosting a backyard wedding ceremony with a few friends soon. Are we allowed to serve food and cake to them? Do items need to all be separate, or is that only for larger celebrations?

    ben4938 asked 28 days ago

    Public health officials have developed guidelines for hosting celebrations and ceremonies. These guidelines include that food services should follow applicable restaurant guidelines. Grouped meals continue to be discouraged as part of Phase Two. Onsite snack bars and other buffet-style counters should be closed. Do not have items such as salt/pepper shakers, condiments, wine bottles or water jugs on the table to be shared between attendees. Do not refill drinks. The guidelines can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html

    Additional guidelines for public gatherings such as weddings can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    Your current report stipulates that “people” can travel north of 53 if they are going directly to a fishing lodge. I am a resident of Saskatchewan who has been going to Caribou Lodge at Cranberry Portage for the past 12 years. Is this statement accurate and can I drive to Caribou Lodge if I’m prepared to follow all the isolation requirements? These lodges are dying a slow death with no business coming their way.

    Big dog asked 28 days ago

    Non-Manitoba residents are prohibited from travelling to northern Manitoba, except for some exemptions listed in the order, such as for essential business purposes. If you do not meet the criteria for exemption to the order, travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities is prohibited. Additionally, people travelling into Manitoba cannot be displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

    The Public Health Orders and details on restrictions to travel to northern Manitoba, including the list of exemptions, can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.  

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    With regards to workplaces with essential employees (i.e. vital Manitoba services), if an essential employee is returning to Manitoba after a personal (non-essential) vacation to another Canadian province, are they required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return? The guidance on your website currently states that essential workers are not required to self isolate for 14 days upon return to Manitoba. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    m855 asked 29 days ago

    All people 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. 

    Being a part of essential services and businesses in Manitoba does not in and of itself qualify an individual for an exception to the self-isolation orders. To be exempt from the mandatory 14 day self-isolation period upon entering Manitoba, they must meet the specific criteria in the self-isolation order which can be found at  https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders_soe_selfisolation_04302020.pdf

    Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    We are planning on doing a Drive-Inn style slide show for our graduation. We understand the restrictions on outdoor activities limited to 50 people. We would like clarification on how many vehicles can be in one area to view the slideshow like a Drive-Inn style (everyone will stay in their vehicles) - similar to the cruise nights that have been happening or a Walmart parking lot.

    Shawna Paulsen asked 29 days ago

    Outdoor drive-in events can be held without limitation on numbers if all attendees stay in their vehicles, or stand outside on the left side of their vehicles, as long as the windows of the vehicle next to them are closed and as long as people remain two metres apart at all times. Additional guidelines for drive-in events can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

    Additional guidelines for ceremonies such as graduations can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html

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    When will childcare facilities be opened up fully? A lot of parents are struggling to work from home and have children at home with no end in sight, this is having an impact on mental health. Is there an estimated time that daycares will reopen?

    yyctoywg asked 29 days ago

    We do not currently have an answer on this topic. As new phases get implemented, additional information and guidelines will be released. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

    The COVID-19 pandemic brings a high level of stress and anxiety as it rapidly changes the way we work, physicalize and live. Caring for your mental health is important in these times. For resources, visit the Care for Your Mental Health page at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/bewell/index.html.

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    When will childcare facilities be opened up fully? A lot of parents are struggling to work from home and have children at home with no end in sight. Is there an estimated time that daycares will reopen?

    yyctoywg asked 29 days ago

    We do not currently have an answer on this topic. As new phases get implemented, additional information and guidelines will be released. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    I live in a large condo complex with an outdoor pool. Is there any way we can open without hiring a staff member to police the capacity limits and social distancing between groups/households? Also, is it a law to remain socially distanced from others on comment elements such as patios and the courtyard? For example, if I sit next to my visiting family member or neighbour in the yard or on a bench am I allowed to do do it is it worthy of a fine or other penalization? I realize it is not recommended but I would like to know where it stands in regards to the current laws.

    CN asked 30 days ago

    Condos are considered businesses under the public health orders. Amenities may reopen if businesses that exclusively offer such services can reopen at this time. If they may reopen, they must follow the same regulations for businesses that offer those services. For example, 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 sites are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. There does not need to be an attendant on site if the intent of the order can be met through other means. Other outdoor common spaces at condos such as patios and courtyards must follow the rules for public gatherings. At this time no more than 50 people may gather outdoors. These regulations are enforceable by law. The public health order can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

    Additional guidelines for pools can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html. On outdoor patios/courtyards people are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. However, this is not enforceable under the public health order.

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    Travel into the north is restricted, with an exemption for medical/health care workers. I have business which travels up for day trips to various communities, and am an allied health professional completing in home assessments. Does this exemption for health care pertain only to doctors and nurses who go up for periods of time to work? Or would my business be part of this exemption?

    Optimize OT asked 29 days ago

    A person who owns, operates or is employed by a business may travel into northern Manitoba or a remote community to provide services normally provided by that business, or to engage in activities that the business normally conducts in northern Manitoba or a remote community, if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Additional details can be found under section 3(e) of the order prohibiting travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities, as well as at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    Is General Contractor for construction able to enter Manitoba from Alberta for business purposes without self isolation? We have an office in both Winnipeg and Alberta

    Brenrcs asked 29 days ago

    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 persons responsible for construction or maintenance of critical infrastructure. Information on whether your construction project is included under critical infrastructure can be found at https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/crtcl-nfrstrctr/esf-sfe-en.aspx

    Additional information about the self-isolation order can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    Are outdoor group classes still capped at 10 people max with social distancing or has that increased with Phase 2?

    SmallGroupFitness asked 30 days ago

    Outdoor group fitness classes may have up to one participant per 10 square metres or 50% of the usual occupancy, additionally participants must be able to maintain a two metre physical distance from each other during the class. Group fitness classes in public spaces such as a park should not exceed 50 people, including the instructor. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    Our business is considered Essential. Are we allowed to send our employees to Ontario to work without having to quarantine them upon return to Manitoba? The Public Health Order exception under 2F states that “Manitoba residents who regularly travel outside Manitoba to areas that are close to the Manitoba border to work..” however it does not define how far “close to the border” is considered acceptable. Is it 10KM or 500KM or is it 1000KM?

    business1 asked 30 days ago

    There is no definition of “close” in the self-isolation public health order. The intent of exception 2(f) in the order is to exempt residents and businesses that are located a close distance to the border who regularly travel for work, access to health services or other essential services. Being located close to the border does not exempt workers if they typically don’t travel across the border for the activities listed above. 

    All people arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14 days unless they meet the criteria for exemption as described in the self-isolation order itself. Being a part of essential businesses in Manitoba does not in and of itself qualify an individual for an exception to the self-isolation orders. To be exempt from the mandatory 14 day self-isolation period upon entering Manitoba, they must meet the specific criteria in the self-isolation orders which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    In Phase 2 for schools it says, "Directives from Manitoba Education and guidelines developed in concert with public health officials will provide any additional guidance." Have any further guidelines been developed? Where would the public be able to access them?

    TeacherM asked about 1 month ago

    The latest information for educators related to the COVID-19 response can be found at https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/index.html. This site includes answers to frequently asked questions and other resources for educators.


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    I live in Swan River, MB and have an appointment in Yorktown , SK If i go to the appointment will I have to self isolate for 14 days when I return home ?

    Marly67 asked 30 days ago

    Under the self-isolation order you are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba if you do not meet the criteria for exemption to the self-isolation orders. Additional information and list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    As a professional photographer, I have been asked to take a group photo for a Charitable service group. The people in the group photo are from different households. If everyone passes the covid screening and is feeling well can i do a group photo of them together without breaking any of the health laws in place? They will be beside each other for a very short time period. Can you please give me a direct answer and not just links to the act that isn't directed to photographers. Thanks

    Todd asked 30 days ago

    People are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges, such as taking a photo together. Additional information on reducing risk and preventing spread of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    MB manufacturing business (essential service), we require a contractor from Montreal to come in and perform service work to equipment that we cannot service ourselves. I am not clear on the guidelines for quarantine. Can they come in and perform the work with appropriate precautions and then quarantine, or do they quarantine first or do they need to quarantine at all? If there is an application process in place please advise details. Thank you.

    KDA asked 30 days ago

    All people arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14 days or the duration of their stay if it is less than 14 days, unless they meet the criteria for exemption as described in the self-isolation order itself. Being a part of essential services and businesses in Manitoba does not in and of itself qualify an individual for an exception to the self-isolation orders. To be exempt from the mandatory 14 day self-isolation period upon entering Manitoba, they must meet the specific criteria in the self-isolation orders which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html. The list of businesses that qualify as critical infrastructure can be found at https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/crtcl-nfrstrctr/esf-sfe-en.aspx.

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    I know you can travel to your cottage in Ontario and you do not have to self isolate when you return. With seasonal campgrounds opening in Ontario do the same rules apply if going to a seasonal site?

    Dwayne Martens asked 30 days ago

    Under the public health order you are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba if you do not meet the criteria for exemption to the self-isolation order. While there are exemptions related to travel to secondary residences for maintenance and other essential purposes, renting a campsite does not meet the criteria for this exemption. The self-isolation order and the list of exceptions can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.  

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    We are a Legion and operate a walk up bar . We have no waitresses . As long as we have a shied at the bar and are compliant with social distancing guidelines ,can we continue to operate with a single bartender

    Greid asked 30 days ago

    At this time standing or walk up service is not allowed, patrons should be seated at a table to receive service. Businesses are encouraged to consider creative solutions in order to meet the requirements for reopening. Bars may operate at 50 per cent capacity, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. These businesses must implement measures to ensure that members of the public are seated at a table, and are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. 

    Additional guidelines for bars can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    When will family from SK & AB be able to visit and not have to isolate for 14 days?

    haymaker55 asked about 1 month ago

    The public health orders that put into place travel restrictions requiring those entering Manitoba to self-isolate upon their arrival have not changed and are in place until further notice. Any future changes to travel restrictions will be reviewed by public health officials and announced as decisions are made. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    Our community is planning graduation with the drive-in style theme. If people walk up to the site of graduation ceremony, can they remain to attend if they are doing the social distancing of 2 metres from vehicles and people?

    Terri-Lynn Archambault asked about 1 month ago

    At this time, you cannot hold an outdoor drive-in event and a public gathering for the same event, at the same time. If you choose to hold the graduation as a drive-in event, all attendees must be in a vehicle. During the drive-in event, all other services and common areas must be suspended, including picnic areas and play areas. Outdoor drive-in events should follow applicable guidelines. If you choose to hold the graduation with attendees outside (in other words, not in vehicles), the guidelines for hosting a public gathering apply.

    Guidelines for hosting drive-in events and public gatherings can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

    Guidelines for planning and hosting celebrations and ceremonies such as graduations can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html

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    Would a business meeting be included under the rules for an event or public gathering and limited to 25 people with 2 meter separation?

    JP asked about 1 month ago

    Business meetings are not considered public gatherings and there is no occupancy limit. It is recommended that staff can maintain a two metre physical distance, this includes while attending business meetings. Workplace guidance for businesses can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html.

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    Are fundraising bake sales allowed in a mall premises?

    FFCR asked about 1 month ago

    Bakes sales should follow the same guidelines as restaurants/food service and retail businesses. Related recommended guidelines include using cashless or no-contact payment to the greatest extent possible, actively discouraging congregation of people and closing confectionery style counters. Additional details for restaurants/food service and retail businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    are different groups in a day camp able to share washrooms

    Build asked about 1 month ago

    Children at day camps can share washrooms. However, washrooms should have a frequent sanitization regime in place and child care centre sanitation and infection prevention guidelines must be followed. For detailed information, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/resources/pubs/infection_control.pdf.

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    Can we have a wedding cake on display during a reception, then cut it up and serve it to guests?

    sstimpson asked about 1 month ago

    Food services should follow applicable restaurant guidelines. The wedding cake can stay on display but it is recommended that it is served to guests. Buffet style service is not permitted at this time. Guidelines for hosting and attending ceremonies can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html.

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    WE are a company that leases our cottage in Albert Beach. This year we are only renting to families. Do we have to leave the cottage empty 3 days before the next family can go in? Also, usually families are responsible to clean up when they leave, can we do this again this year with Covid-19? or do we have to clean the cottage ourselves?

    phamilton asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses should have an enhanced and frequent cleaning regime. It is the business’s responsibility to ensure that areas shared with different groups are cleaned between use. How this is achieved is up to the business; there are no specific guidelines. Additional information for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    Does a patio need to be 6 feet away from the sidewalk? Do pedestrians have to have six feet to walk, between the patio and sidewalk?

    BethHutchTWB asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses should ensure a 2 metre physical distance between tables as well as from other members of the public. Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    as a hotel, do we have to maintain a single point of entry into the business?

    Leesh asked about 1 month ago

    Hotels do not need to maintain a single point of entry. However, they must implement measures to ensure that entrances into the hotel are regulated to prevent congestion, and patrons are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.

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    what if employee refuse to come back to work

    leo asked about 1 month ago

    Under The Workplace Safety and Health Act, workers have the right to refuse work that they reasonably believe constitutes a danger to their safety and health, or that of another person should they perform the task. There is a legal process that work refusals must follow. This PDF offers a summary of the standard process, including guidelines for work refusals related to COVID-19. However, workplaces with collective agreements in place may have additional steps or requirements. Additional information for employers can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/index.html.

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    Our community is planning graduation with the drive-in style theme. We will have the vehicles 2 metres apart and if sitting outside, will be seated on left side of vehicle. I have read, in the guidelines, that it is only household members per vehicle. Could I not have my son's girlfriend, niece or grandparent accompany in vehicle as I have regular daily/ weekly visits with them? (visits are longer than 10 mins duration and closer than 2 metre distance)

    Terri-Lynn Archambault asked about 1 month ago

    For outdoor drive-in events people are not permitted to sit outside their vehicle, they can either sit in their vehicle or stand on the left side. Additional guidelines include that only individuals from the same household may occupy the same vehicle. Additional details on outdoor drive-in events can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Do you know when "Outdoor Carnivals" will be allowed to operate in Manitoba?

    midway asked about 1 month ago

    Carnivals 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.

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    When will it be possible to ride 2 to a golf cart when they ride to the course together already?

    Walter asked about 1 month ago

    Golf courses must ensure that members of the public can reasonably maintain a separation of two metres from others, this includes while on a golf cart unless there is a barrier in place. As the situation evolves, additional reopening steps will be considered, however at this time the requirement for two metre physical distancing on golf carts remains in place. Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    When will salons be able to offer all services

    gspringer asked about 1 month ago

    At this time, hair stylists/barbers and personal services businesses including manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours 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 for hairstylists/barbers and personal services businesses can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    Planning for the future - post June 1st to Manitobans and others as phases unfold- As a tourism operator what is the maximum size of tours we could offer in Churchill ie a boat tour or a tundra vehicle.

    Tourism M asked about 1 month ago

    A business or a facility that is not listed in Schedule A, B or C and whose ability to open is not otherwise specifically addressed in the Orders may open. If members of the public are permitted to attend, the operator must implement measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business or facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

    Manitobans can travel north of the 53rd parallel, including Churchill, if they travel to a cottage, cabin, provincial park, campground, hunting or fishing lodge and as long as they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Manitobans must travel directly to their intended destination and limit their use of local services to the minimum required given the circumstance of their visit. If travellers are taking part in tours or organized activities they should limit their use to these activities. At this time, non-Manitoba residents are prohibited from travelling to northern Manitoba or remote communities.

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    I am thinkig about travel within manitoba. I live in manitoba. What are the rules and regulations for airbnbs?

    SpaX2 asked about 1 month ago

    Vacation rental accommodations and similar businesses can open for lodging at this time as long as members of the public can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres apart with the exception of brief encounters. Food establishments inside these businesses must follow the restrictions laid out for all food establishments. Amenities may reopen if businesses that exclusively offer such services can reopen at this time. If they may reopen, they must follow the same regulations for businesses that offer those services. For example, amenities such as fitness centres and pools may reopen but must follow the restrictions businesses of that nature must follow while game rooms and saunas must remain closed at this time.

    Public health officials advise Manitobans to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you travel, there are a range of recommendations (available in this fact sheet) for reducing the risks. Travellers should respectfully observe local restrictions and avoid using local health providers or visiting local communities as much as possible.  

    Additionally, Manitobans may travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel under certain restrictions and guidelines at this time. Manitobans must travel directly to their intended destination and limit their use of local services to the minimum required given the circumstance of their visit. If travellers are taking part in tours or organized activities they should limit their use to these activities. Travellers should also respectfully observe local restrictions and practice physical distancing if it is necessary to visit local businesses, or use curbside pick-up or delivery services when available. 

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

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    Is there a maximum party size for dine-in guests of restaurants?

    Gord.Lovell asked about 1 month ago

    Restaurants may allow dine-in guests with occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels. The 25 person limit applies to indoor public gatherings like weddings, retirement and birthday parties and other similar events held at restaurants. Additionally, people socializing together at indoor restaurants are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). 

    Tables and seating must be arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

    Additional details on Phase Two, including restrictions and guidelines for restaurants can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    I live in Winnipeg, but I fly north of the 53rd to work a 2 week on/2 week off rotation. While working in the north, I reside in a trailer across from the utility station. The station is 80kms north of Gillam. On top of that job, I also own and operate a business in that town. Am I allowed to travel to Gillam to continue to run my business which is classified as an essential service?

    tempsho asked about 1 month ago

    Individuals who own, operate or are employed by a business that is permitted to open may travel to northern Manitoba to deliver goods or provide services normally provided by that business, or to engage in activities that the business normally conducts, if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

    Additional details on the order restricting travel to northern Manitoba can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    Your website states that indoor public gatherings are limited to 25 unless people are segregated into distinct groups of 25 that don't mingle with other groups. How much space needs to be maintained between the groups for them to be considered a separate group?

    Bau asked about 1 month ago

    Multiple groups of 25 people can be at an indoor event under certain conditions. No joint activities or interactions should occur between the groups. They should be in separate rooms and there should be separate entrances used or at least entrance and exit times must be staggered. Additionally, there should be frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and areas such as door handles and washrooms, readily available hand sanitizer, no shared materials, and people must be able to adhere to two metre physical distancing. Organizations hosting events should also consider the use of the online screening tool for all patrons prior to allowing them to enter the space. 

    Additional information on public gatherings can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/.

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    I have accepted a job in southern Manitoba and I currently reside in Ontario. In order to formally secure the job, I must appear before a membership board for a vote to be conducted by said membership before July 2. Given that my travel is work related and my stay would be one night, am I covered under the provision within the isolation order that stipulates a person from a neighbouring jurisdiction my enter Manitoba for work related purposes and not isolate for the 14 days provided I remain within my hotel room except for a one hour window where I appear before the board to conduct business as stated previously?

    James Anderson asked about 1 month ago

    All people arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14 days or the duration of their stay if it is less than 14 days, unless they meet the criteria for exemption as described in the self-isolation order itself. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    We are a general contractor who completed work at a hospital in Manitoba before the pandemic ramped up. We had an out of province contractor on the job that has some deficiency and warranty work to do in the facility. As this work is part of their contract, I can't simply get a local contractor to do the work. Can I have these out of province workers come in to complete this work without any self isolation being imposed on the workers?

    MichaelL asked about 1 month ago

    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 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.

    Additional information can be found in the order: https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders_soe_selfisolation_04302020.pdf 

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    For small community centers run by volunteers that are mostly used for gatherings/birthdays/showers, etc. - do those buildings need to be supervised at all times?

    CLK asked about 1 month ago

    Community centres may reopen if they follow the guidelines set out in Phase Two. These guidelines include that staff/volunteers must be present at the entry to the facility, as well as within the facility, to monitor use and capacity. Additional guidelines for community centres can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

    Additionally, events such as weddings, birthday parties, showers, or similar events are restricted to the limits on public gatherings. At this time no more than 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors can gather for these types of events. Facilities are responsible for ensuring that people attending the event can maintain a two metre physical distance from others whether they be indoors or outdoors. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a 2 metre separation between chairs. When standing at events, including on dance floors, a 2 metre separation is also required for non-household members.  

    Additional details on guidelines for public gatherings can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19.

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    As a retail space within a mall are we able to adjust our hours so they are shorter than the actual time of the mall for the safety of our staff? If we are, are we subject to fines from the mall itself or are businesses allowed to run on reduced hours?

    JDHerold asked about 1 month ago

    The public health orders do not restrict the hours you can operate your business. Please contact the operators of the mall where your business is located to find out about their policies.

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    Is there a specific resource for businesses on what would happen if someone who has come to your business has been in contact with someone who is covid-19, or if someone gets it from being in contact with someone else at your business? i.e. does a business provide names to government for contract tracing? how many days/weeks would the shut down be etc?

    Jennifer Fukumoto asked about 1 month ago

    A public health investigation is automatically triggered when someone receives a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. Public Health notifies close contacts of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Close contacts will be asked to self-isolate and may be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop. Anyone at risk of contracting the virus will be notified by Public Health. All people who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

    Additional information on contact tracing can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

    Additional information for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/index.html.

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    We will be operating a day camp. Most of the children we will be serving do not have access to transportation. As we proceed with plans we need to be sure that we can transport 24 children to and from the site on a 77 passenger school bus. Will having only one child per seat be considered "reasonable separation"? We are providing masks for the children while on the bus, would that be a requirement or a recommendation? (some of the children we serve will challenge any rule)

    NateTheGreat asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. Children from different households must sit 2 metres/6 feet apart on the bus; children from the same household do not need to adhere to the 2 metre distance. 

    Public health recommends that children taking the bus clean their hands before boarding the bus and upon arrival at their destination. Passengers should be reminded that while on the bus, they should not touch their face, follow cough etiquette and avoid eating on the bus. Masks for children are not required. Note that non-medical masks have limitations, need to be properly used, and should be worn when other precautions cannot be implemented.

    Installing a Plexiglas shield by the driver is consistent with best practices. If the bus driver has a Plexiglas shield, PPE would not be recommended although they could consider wearing a non-medical mask. Additional workplace guidance for business owners can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html

    In addition to general public health guidance for day camps, other important considerations related to transportation for day camps include:

    • Keep passenger manifests for 21 days to ensure appropriate public health follow-up can take place if a child is exposed to COVID-19 during transport. No additional information than what is already collected is required.
    • Parent/guardian must screen children each day prior to taking the bus. Children who are ill are not to attend the bus or day camp. Should the child become ill on the bus, the school will screen and immediately isolate the child upon arrival, and contact the parent/guardian to pick-up their child.
    • Children from different households must sit 2 meters/6 feet apart on the bus; children from the same household do not need to adhere to the 2 meter/ 6 foot distance. 
    • Opening windows is recommended (weather permitting) as increased ventilation reduces the risk of transmission.
    • It is recommended that buses be cleaned/disinfected before and after every route, at minimum once a day.
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    We operate a recreation centre with an indoor swimming pool. The information through this website indicates the “Guidelines for pools include: limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres of pool surface area, whichever is lower.” The information our public health inspector indicates “Occupancy is limited to 50 per cent of normal business levels and are able to maintain a separation of at least two metres between people”. Which information are we to follow? In our scenario, 50% of capacity would be 48 people versus capacity based on surface area which would be 1 person.

    Anderson asked about 1 month ago

    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. In addition to maintaining two metres between patrons, swimming pools are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower.

    Additional guidelines for swimming pools can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    I run a ceramic studio in my home. We are able to block the home from the Studio. When am I able to open. Or what category am I in to locate further information. Thank you

    BSchmidt asked about 1 month ago

    A business that is not listed in Schedule A, B or C and whose ability to open is not otherwise specifically addressed in the COVID-19 Prevention public health orders from May 29, 2020 may open. All businesses that are open to the public must implement measures to ensure individuals are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. The public health orders and schedules can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

    Additionally, home-based businesses may open if the business meets the criteria to reopen under the public health order. Home-based businesses should follow the same guidelines as other businesses on how to resume services safety. We recommend that your business review the guidelines and implement where applicable. Guidelines for businesses can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    2 questions. Is it possible to drive across Winnipeg (not an essential worker) and is it possible to do so without having to self isolate for 14 days? It is for someone moving from Alberta to Ontario. The only stopping in MB would be for gas, takeout and possibly 1 overnight hotel stay. Thank you!

    Mary L asked about 1 month ago

    People travelling through Manitoba must self-isolate while in Manitoba. This includes limiting use of local services to only those necessary during the trip such as gas stops. If your travel includes an overnight stop, you would be required to go straight to your hotel and follow orders 1(2) to 1(5) in the Self Isolation Order, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders_soe_selfisolation_04202020.pdf. Additional information can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    Hi can I open my tanning bed to the public yet??

    Mary Newton asked about 1 month ago

    Tanning parlours may reopen if they limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower, and ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Additional guidelines and restrictions for personal services businesses such as tanning can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Can people, who do not reside in the same household, be closer than 2m for a brief period of time for photographs? Thank you for taking the time to clarify this for me.

    1234Nicole1234 asked about 1 month ago

    People are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges such as taking a photo together. Additional information on reducing the risk of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html

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    There has been no word on when (in what phase) the 14 day self isolation rule will end. This rule feels arbitrary to say the least, as no other province has this rule, and as things like public gyms and pools are now open in Winnipeg. Please be specific on when this rule will lift. Thank you

    MoniqueS asked about 1 month ago

    We do not currently have an answer on this topic. As new phases get implemented, additional information and guidelines will be released. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html 

    Our team can provide answers on how Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services applies to businesses. Decisions related to the restrictions in place and the rationale behind those decisions are determined by senior government public health officials and cannot be answered by our team. To provide your comments and feedback on Phase Two please complete the survey at https://engagemb.ca/restoring-safe-services-phase-two/survey_tools/rsstfeedback.

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    Can all four diamonds be used for games or practices at the same time at a 4-plex ball diamond complex?

    D. Geddes asked about 1 month ago

    When multiple teams are present at one ballpark with multiple fields, there is an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission due to the high number of participants, staff and volunteers, and the potential for congregation of individuals before and after games. 

    To ensure that facilities return to sports safely the province has developed guidance that will help facilities consider the risks associated with recreational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document provides examples of strategies that may be implemented to reduce potential risks. Each sport or recreational activity group/organization and/or facility must establish a plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants and spectators. Guidelines including the risk assessment and mitigation tool can be found online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

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    When will the travel ban be lifted

    MoniqueS asked about 1 month ago

    The public health orders that put into place travel restrictions requiring those entering Manitoba to self-isolate upon their arrival have not changed and are in place until further notice.

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    We are a music school that also schedules rehearsals for students in our facilities. Based on everything we've read here, it looks like we are able to open as long as we are practicing the proper distancing protocol, disinfecting and sanitizing everything according to your guidelines and allowing no more than 24 people in our building at one time. Can you confirm this? We are looking to open back up providing services starting July and having 12-15 people in the building at a time. Thank you.

    Music School asked about 1 month ago

    Music schools can open. Sites must limit the occupancy in classrooms or teaching sites to 50 per cent of the usual capacity of the space, or a maximum of 25 students, whichever is less. Physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained where reasonably possible.

    Additional guidelines can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    Am I a Saskatchewan resident, able to deliver a snowmobile to Thompson airport?

    Kyle Hartl asked about 1 month ago

    At this time Manitoba has two public health orders in place that apply to your situation. The first is the Self-Isolation Order and the second is the order Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba and Remote Communities.

    Under the Self-Isolation Order people traveling into Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival. However, businesses transporting good and materials into or through Manitoba are exempt from the self-isolation period. If you are not a business that falls under this exemption you would be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon your arrival to Manitoba.

    Additionally, non-Manitoba residents are prohibited from travelling to northern Manitoba, except for some exemptions listed in the order. This order does not apply to a person who owns, operates or is employed by a business who is travelling into northern Manitoba or a remote community to deliver goods or provide services normally provided by that business, or to engage in activities that the business normally conducts in northern Manitoba or a remote community. If you do not meet the criteria for exemption to the order, travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities is prohibited. People travelling into Manitoba cannot be displaying symptoms of COVID.

    The Public Health Orders in place, including the list of exemptions, can be viewed online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    Are there any alternatives to the one person per cart rule? Would 2 people not from the same household be able to share the cart if they wore masks? If the persons ride in the same vehicle to the course (i.e. they work together, are family or are friends), this seems meaningless to have them separate and have one per cart...

    Rural Golf Course asked about 1 month ago

    Two people from the same household can share a golf cart. If an appropriate barrier in place, such as plastic shield between the driver and passenger, two people from separate households can share a golf cart.

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    Are travel restrictions for the 53rd the same for those who live north of the 53rd and want to travel south? Our Bible camp has some staff members and many campers from north of the 53rd. Can they come to our camp?

    Logan asked about 1 month ago

    The order does not apply to people who reside in northern Manitoba or a remote community. Travel by residents of northern Manitoba is not restricted by the order; they may travel within northern Manitoba as well as into and out of southern Manitoba without restriction.  

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    We are a lounge/beverage room opening next week. We will have no activities and open at 50 % capacity . We know that no dancing or use of dance floors is aloud. However can we have live entertainment? Such as a 4 piece band or an open jam? Of course all rules will be enforced and limited capacity. Please advise.

    NV asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses that provide entertainment such as a musician, comedian or other similar performances can resume performances, however, the business must ensure that they are within the capacity restrictions outlined in the public health order as well as ensure patrons can maintain a two metre physical distance.

    Provincial public health officials are advising against the sharing of equipment, this applies to microphones typically used for karaoke. If shared equipment is used businesses would be responsible for ensuring the equipment was disinfected between users.

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    What are event size limits going to look like in August if we stay at the current level of cases in MB. I understand we will not be allowing concerts and such but some events are significantly smaller then a concert

    manddow asked about 1 month ago

    Specific timelines on when public gathering limits may be increased cannot be provided at this time. 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. 

    As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    As our condo amenities (pool and gym) are considered the same as a business (e.g. a GoodLife or a PanAm Pool), what is the definition of "staff" as pertains to a condo complex? As we are all owners, could we employee ourselves as staff? In other words, when I want to use the treadmill, can I employee myself and thereby ensure that all criteria as required in Phase 2 are met?

    bek816 asked about 1 month ago

    Designated staff or volunteers would need to be present during the gym’s hours of operation in order to uphold the Phase Two guidelines for gyms, such as:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing
    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use

    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    As a company we have an onsite gym for staff which has been closed. We would meet all requirements. Is there a need to have someone in the gym holding people accountable or can they workout without supervision. I ask as public gyms have staff within the gym. This seems impracticable if there are mechanisms in place to ensure all requirements are met

    SafetyGuy asked about 1 month ago

    On-site staff gyms may reopen, however, they must follow the same regulations as gyms that are open to the public. Many of the Phase Two guidelines for gyms require staff/volunteers to be on site, including ensuring that physical distancing is followed. Other guidelines for gyms that would require staff/volunteers to be present include:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing
    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use

    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.   

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    Can a convenience store open their self-serve beverage services if there are cleaning procedures in place?

    Daryn asked about 1 month ago

    Self-service beverage stations are not permitted to re-open at this time. Food and drinks must be delivered directly to customers. Cups, straws and lids should be placed behind the counter and handed to customers directly. Additional information for food service can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-one.html.

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    Do Manitobans still have to self-isolate for 14 days if they visit their cottage in a border community in a neighbouring province such as Kenora, ON?

    Daryn asked about 1 month ago

    Public health officials have issued public health orders that require that anyone entering Manitoba from another province must self-isolate for 14 days, except those who meet the specific criteria for exemption in the public health orders. 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. The public health orders, including the requirements for those who must self-isolate, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

    Public health officials advise Manitobans to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you must travel to a cabin, there are a range of recommendations (available in this fact sheet) for reducing the risks. 

    Additionally, people traveling to Ontario should review travel orders for Ontario at https://www.publichealthontario.ca

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    We are an 84 unit privately owned condo with a small common room with 3 pc exercise equipment that has been closed. Can we re-open now with the signage, social distancing and cleaning equipment before and after each use? Please note: we do not and never will have staff to clean, other than our daily cleaning service that provide contracted services. Please be specific with your answer: Yes we can open with recommended measures (without staff) or No we cannot open. Thank you.

    Maadt asked about 1 month ago

    Condos are considered businesses under the public health orders. Amenities may reopen if businesses that exclusively offer such services can reopen at this time. If they may reopen, they must follow the same regulations for businesses that offer those services.

    For example, amenities such as fitness centres and pools may reopen but must follow the restrictions businesses of that nature must follow while game rooms and saunas must remain closed at this time.

    Many of the Phase Two guidelines for gyms would require staff/volunteers to be on site, including ensuring that physical distancing is followed. Other guidelines for gyms that would require staff/volunteers to be present include:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing
    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use


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

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    Does our business have to post the "do not enter" poster if we have someone screening each person who enters?

    lrid12 asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses should ask staff to self-screen before coming to work, and screen members of the public before they enter the premises. Additionally, businesses should post signage warning that people should not enter if they feel unwell or have travelled outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days. 

    Staff should stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms. Members of the public who are symptomatic should immediately separate themselves from all other people and call Health Links - Info Santé.

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

    Posters and resources can be found online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/resources/index.html.

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    Bingo Halls

    Dennis Muldrew asked about 1 month ago

    Bingo halls 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.    

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    I am from Winnipeg and need to travel to Calgary in July. There are not self isolation rules there for interprovincial travel to Calgary but there are coming back to Manitoba. However instead of self isolating for 14 days upon my return to Manitoba, can I go and get tested and then only have to wait the 48 hours for a (hopefully) negative result? I want a specific YES or NO answer. Your answers are very robotic and usually do not answer the specific questions. The referrals to the phase 2 are not helpful as the questions are arising from reading that very document. Please be specific in your answers!

    Maadt asked about 1 month ago

    Testing does not exempt individuals from self-isolating when they enter Manitoba. All people entering Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14 days unless they meet the criteria for exemption to self-isolation as described in the self-isolation order itself. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    Can portable washrooms be placed on baseball fields

    KLL asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. Portable washrooms can be placed outdoors to accommodate sports and outdoor recreational activities. If you have multiple portable washrooms, access to the area must be limited to no more than 25 people at one time. In addition. line-ups should be monitored to ensure attendees maintain a physical distance of two metres/six feet. Washrooms must also have frequent cleaning and sanitization.

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    Can you give suggestions with respect to safe practices to operating a sunglasses kiosk in a shopping mall? For example, customers usually want to try on glasses and put them back down. Should these be wiped down every time they are handled or might it be best to keep them in plastic wrap and not handled unless being purchased? If the cart or kiosk is in the middle of a shopping mall what would be the limit of customers allowed to be around it?

    softunlock asked about 1 month ago

    In addition to general public health guidance for businesses (visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/business/index.html), other important considerations for retail businesses can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-one.html.

    All businesses that are open to the public must implement measures to ensure that customers are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. Businesses should encourage staff to continue physical distancing practices, enhance cleaning schedules of high-traffic areas and maintain thorough and regular hand hygiene and cough etiquette. 

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    Hello, Can you please advise if I can have 50% capacity wedding if you are allowing restaurants to open at 50% given that I know all the guests invited and will ensure they are maintaining social distancing ?

    Manjot asked about 1 month ago

    Weddings must follow the guidelines for public gatherings. Public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors. A wedding that takes place at a restaurant is a public gathering and must limit attendees to 25 indoors or 50 outdoors. Staff and officiants count towards the number of attendees. People attending weddings should maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). This means that seating arrangements should allow for a 6 foot/2 metre separation between chairs. When standing at weddings, including on dance floors, a 6 foot/2 metre separation is also required for non-household members. Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. 

    Additional information about public gatherings can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. Additional recommendations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

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    When will churches be allowed to have 50 people?

    JHS asked about 1 month ago

    We do not currently have an answer on this topic. As new phases get implemented, additional information and guidelines will be released. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    Are golf courses still restricted to one person per motorized golf cart unless they live in the household?

    Steve66 asked about 1 month ago

    The changes for golf courses in the Phase Two plan are in addition to those introduced in Phase One which still apply. Golf courses should continue to follow Phase One guidelines including limiting one person per golf cart, or two people from the same household. Additional details on the Phase One and Phase Two guidelines for golf courses can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    When will gathering sizes increase again?

    bdnrk asked about 1 month ago

    Specific timelines on when public gathering limits may be increased cannot be provided at this time. 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. 

    As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Under phase 2 businesses that are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres. Do these numbers include Staff?

    JP asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. Occupancy limits are 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Occupancy applies to the number of members of the public, not staff. For example, if you would normally have 10 patrons in the building at a time, this would be restricted to 5.

    Businesses should monitor occupancy levels to allow employees, volunteers and customers to 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(External link).    

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    We are a telecommunications service provider and need to service our equipment installed at several locations within the province, Unfortunately, we do not have contractor in-province trained on our equipment and they have to travel from SK

    Manuel asked about 1 month ago

    All people entering Manitoba are required to self-isolate unless they meet the criteria for exemption to self-isolation as described in the self-isolation order itself. Being part of an essential business in Manitoba does not automatically exempt you from the self-isolation order. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

    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 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. The 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.


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    I am from Winnipeg and need to travel to Calgary in July. There are not self isolation rules there for interprovincial travel to Calgary but there are coming back to Manitoba. However instead of self isolating for 14 days upon my return to Manitoba, can I go and get tested and then only have to wait the 48 hours for a (hopefully) negative result?

    Maadt asked about 1 month ago

    All people entering Manitoba are required to self-isolate unless they meet the criteria for exemption to self-isolation as described in the self-isolation order itself. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    Hi I own a glass company in Winnipeg, can we take on glass repair work in Kenora Ontario without having to self isolate upon return to Manitoba? Thanks.

    PSG asked about 1 month ago

    All people entering Manitoba are required to self-isolate unless they meet the criteria for exemption to self-isolation as described in the self-isolation order itself. Being part of an essential business in Manitoba does not automatically exempt you from the self-isolation order. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    Hello, We are a Trampoline Park in Winnipeg. Can you please let us know what phase we will be in and what category.

    Sleighty asked about 1 month ago

    Trampoline parks are listed as indoor recreation facilities under Schedule C of the public health order. Businesses under Schedule C are required to remain closed at this time. The public health orders and schedules can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

    We do not currently have answers on future phases. As new phases get implemented, additional information and guidelines will be released. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

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    With regards to the photography of newborn and children, it appears that the general guideline is for this to be conducted at 2m social distance except for brief exchanges. What is the definition on timeframe for brief exchanges considering that when it comes to newborn photography, wrapping and posing of baby can take upward of 15 mins depending on baby. Thank you.

    NBphoto asked about 1 month ago

    There is no definition of “brief exchange” in the public health order. The intent of this guideline is to minimize prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals.

    People are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges. Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. 

    Additional information on reducing risk and preventing spread of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    A hair salon that has esthetics starting June 1st in the same salon but with separate rooms are the estheticians part of the half capacity numbers the hair side has or do they have their own capacity limitations since they are in a separate area? Eg: a salon with 10 stylists normally has 5 stylists in at one time and lets say as per sq footage you could have 12 people therefore is only one esthetician allowed to work? Or can there be 2 if there are normally 4?

    JC3 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. Occupancy limits are 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Occupancy applies to the number of members of the public, not staff. For example, if you would normally have 10 clients in the building at a time, this would be restricted to 5. 

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    Will businesses that offer in-store brewing for wine be able to open & operate to the public in Phase Two?

    Steve66 asked about 1 month ago

    A business or a facility that is not listed in Schedule A, B or C and whose ability to open is not otherwise specifically addressed in the orders may open. All businesses that are open to the public must implement measures to ensure individuals are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. The public health orders and schedules can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

    The province has released guidelines for businesses on how to resume services safety. We recommend that your business review the guidelines and implement where applicable. Guidelines for businesses can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    Are boat rentals allowed? Also, rentals for canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards? Would this be phase two?

    cc123 asked about 1 month ago

    Rental businesses may operate if occupancy levels are maintained in order to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical 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 safety guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.    

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    With Ontario provincial campgrounds expected to be open June 15, will we be allowed to travel directly to and from our favorite campsite near MB border, like the cottagers have already been able to do? We would be totally self sufficient without any stops or the use of any other services.

    Udl asked about 1 month ago

    Under the self-isolation order you are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba if you do not meet the criteria for exemption to the self-isolation order. While there are exemptions related to travel to secondary residences for maintenance and other essential purposes, renting a campsite does not meet the criteria for this exemption. The self-isolation order and the list of exceptions can be viewed online: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html 

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    We have purchased a piece of equipment in the fall that we had to modify our building to accommodate. We are now ready for commissioning and we need to bring in an expert from Montreal to help us on June 8. We see that flights are coming into winnipeg quite regularly from canada and the US. What are the proper steps that we need to take to ensure we follow the guidelines?

    Brian Zadro asked about 1 month ago

    All people entering Manitoba are required to self-isolate unless they meet the criteria for exemption to self-isolation as described in the self-isolation order itself. Being part of an essential business in Manitoba does not automatically exempt you from the self-isolation order. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    I am inquiring about renting out a restaurant/bar for a wedding this summer. I see that "Weddings are allowed, however they must follow the guidelines for public gatherings. Public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors." If restaurants/bars can have 50% capacity and the restaurant being rented can hold 200 patrons, could a wedding be held in that restaurant with 100 people with physical distancing being put into place as well? I'm not seeing the difference between 100+ strangers being in and out of a restaurant on a Saturday night with physical distancing or a wedding that has rented out the entire restaurant on a Saturday night. Contact tracing would also be easier with the wedding because you would have a set list of 100 people to contact, rather than trying to find 100+ patrons that were in that restaurant on any given night.

    North 123 asked about 1 month ago

    A wedding that takes place at a restaurant is a public gathering. No more than 25 people can gather indoors and no more than 50 people can gather outdoors for these types of events. Additionally, facilities are responsible for ensuring that people attending the event can maintain a two metre physical distance from others whether they be indoors or outdoors. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre separation between chairs. When standing at events, including on dance floors, a two metre separation is also required for non-household members.  

    Additional guidelines for restaurants, and for public gatherings, can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    Can driving schools start teaching on phase 2?

    Tonydriving asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses that provide Class 5 driving lessons can resume lessons. It is recommended that lessons are one-on-one and instructors should ensure frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces inside the vehicle and consider wearing non-medical masks when inside the vehicle. If lessons are in a classroom setting instructors must ensure that participants can maintain two metre physical distancing. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    Can gyms like Altea (in Winnipeg) really be allowed to operate with max 750 people in the gym? Also, do all gyms need to have an online booking system to enter common workout area - not just classes, but to book slots to workout in a gym space? Is it mandatory to have this?

    Personaltrainer asked about 1 month ago

    Gyms are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Gyms 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.  

    Additional guidelines for gyms include using a booking system for patrons to reserve a block of time in advance and discouraging drop-in use.

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

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    My son is considering a new executive position with a Manitoba company which will require a move from Toronto Ontario. They, he and his family, would drive through Ontario and wonder what options are available upon arrival. They would prefer to be tested as opposed to self isolating which they have been doing in Toronto. Thanks for your help. Has the program for business travellers been instituted?

    Johndudek asked about 1 month ago

    All people entering Manitoba are required to self-isolate unless they meet the criteria for exemption to self-isolation as described in the self-isolation order itself. Being part of an essential business in Manitoba does not automatically exempt you from the self-isolation order. The self-isolation order, including the criteria for exemption, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    as part of phase 2 photography can resume...if my son and his friends were to get pictures done togerther would it be ok for them to have a few pictures with them close together/side by side for minimal amounts of time? Assuming we insist on hand sanitizer and very restricted amounts of time just for this one special occasion? It does state that for brief amounts of contact for certain things the 2 m rules has exceptions. We as parents would very closely monitor this.

    tarablight asked about 1 month ago

    Photography services may be offered as long as two metres of separation can be maintained between those offering and receiving the service, except for brief exchanges. 

    People are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. 

    People are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild. Visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/about/index.html for a list of symptoms. 

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    If a Manitoban resident wishes to visit a lodge in Churchill after June 1st, are they able to participate in the economy of the Churchill community ...ie doing a boat tour offered by the lodge, eating at a local restaurant in Churchill, visiting a shop in Churchill? We understand that travel to the North is now permitted by Manitobans....we are now seeking clarity on whether they can participate in activities in the local community particularly if the local business abides by the physical distance

    Tourism M asked about 1 month ago

    Manitobans can travel north of the 53rd parallel, including Churchill, if they travel to a cottage, cabin, provincial park, campground, hunting or fishing lodge and as long as they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Manitobans must travel directly to their intended destination and limit their use of local services to the minimum required given the circumstance of their visit. If travellers are taking part in tours or organized activities they should limit their use to these activities. Travellers should also respectfully observe local restrictions and practice physical distancing if it is necessary to visit local businesses, or use curbside pick-up or delivery services when available. At this time, non-Manitoba residents are prohibited from travelling to northern Manitoba or remote communities.

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    I do not see swimming lessons specifically listed in any phase of reopening. Will children's swimming lessons at a public beach be permitted to operate over the summer?

    meakri asked about 1 month ago

    A business permitted to operate can provide group lessons. If members of the public are permitted to attend, the operator must implement measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business or facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. Additionally, businesses included on Schedule B must limit the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual occupancy of the premises or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that are open to the public, whichever is lower. 

    Additional guidelines for businesses, beaches and recreational activities such as swimming can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    I am a nail tech who operates out of my home. My husband is a truck driver who frequently crosses the Canada/US border and is not required to quarantine. So my question is, when Phase 2 comes into effect and nail techs/salons are able to open, am I okay to offer services again as well? Or am I considered an exception because I will be providing services in a non-quarantined home?

    Anetha asked about 1 month ago

    If you can ensure that your husband does not enter the space in the home in which you operate your business, you may reopen your business subject to the following restrictions that apply to all personal services businesses such as nail technicians.

    The occupancy limit for personal services businesses is 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres. Nail technicians 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.

    Additional guidelines for personal services businesses can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Are Canada Day fireworks displays allowed under public gathering to a max of 50 people or does this come under outdoor drive-in events, understanding that not all people will necessarily be gathering in the same field, street or vantage point? Thanks

    B.Kayes asked about 1 month ago

    Public gatherings of 50 people are allowed outdoors. Additionally people in attendance have to be able to maintain a two metre physical distance from each other. Organizations hosting events should also consider the use of the online screening tool for all patrons prior to allowing them to enter the space. Additional details can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

    Outdoor drive-in events are allowed without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles, or stand outside on the left side of their vehicles, as long as the windows of the vehicle next to them are closed and as long as people remain two metres apart at all times. Additional details on outdoor drive-in events can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Hello, We have had many questions from our association's members concerning the difference between gatherings of 25 people indoors (50 outdoors) for events such as weddings, etc, and how that differs from the 50% capacity for restaurants during Phase Two. For example, if a restaurant holds an event such as a cooking class, this would be at 50% of their capacity and not limited to 25 people, correct? Additionally, if a wedding was booked at a restaurant, is it limited to 25 people indoors/50 outdoors or the 50% capacity of that restaurant with social distancing measures? This is causing a great deal of confusion for both the public and restaurateurs. Thank you in advance for helping to clarify.

    Restaurant Qs asked about 1 month ago

    Group classes are permitted. The restaurant must ensure that members of the public can reasonably maintain a two metre separation from other members of the public. Additionally, restaurants must limit the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual occupancy of the premises or one person per 10 square metres of the premises that are open to the public, whichever is lower. 

    A wedding that takes place at a restaurant is a public gathering. No more than 25 people can gather indoors and no more than 50 people can gather outdoors for these types of events. Additionally, facilities are responsible for ensuring that people attending the event can maintain a two metre physical distance from others whether they be indoors or outdoors. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre separation between chairs. When standing at events, including on dance floors, a two metre separation is also required for non-household members.  

    Additional guidelines for restaurants, and for public gatherings, can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    Are fishing lodges allowed to offer guide services?

    Paul Wiens asked about 1 month ago

    A business or a facility that is not listed in Schedule A, B or C of the public health order and whose ability to open is not otherwise specifically addressed in the orders may open. If members of the public are permitted to attend, the operator must implement measures to ensure that members of the public attending the business or facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public. 

    The COVID-19 Prevention public health order can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

    Additional guidelines for businesses, including outdoor recreation facilities, can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    What would be the minimum distance any two groups of 50 people gathering outside (in a park, for example) would have to stay apart?

    d7ms asked about 1 month ago

    There is no specified distance in the public health order, however, groups should be respectful of others in the same area and ensure that physical distancing of two metres can be maintained.

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    I own a fishing resort with self contained cabins for my guests where they look after all their own needs. As the travel ban to North of 53 has been lifted as of June 1, can guest from out of province now travel to my resort? Also, I have a number of guests booked from Creighton, Sk, which is a border community to Flin Flon, MB, which is close to my resort. Residents of Creighton shop, seek medical care and services in Flin Flon, etc. Are residents of Creighton allowed at my resort without self isolating?

    Debi asked about 1 month ago

    The changes to travel restrictions north of the 53rd parallel beginning June 1 only applies to Manitoba residents. Non-Manitoba residents are prohibited from travelling to northern Manitoba, except for some exemptions listed in the order. Additionally, non-Manitoba residents must self-isolate for 14 days except for those who meet the specific criteria for exemption as described in the orders.

    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, are not required to self-isolate if they restrict their travel to the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local services.

    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.

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

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    I f I travel to Thunder Bay for work, Do I need to self isolate when I return to Manitoba? I am a water service technician.

    LuisL asked about 1 month ago

    All those entering Manitoba, with the exception of those who meet the specific criteria for exemption to the public health orders, are required to self-isolate for 14 days. 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.


    The public health orders, including the requirements for those who must self-isolate, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.

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    So under phase 2 dance classes are permitted to start to open. How much time is to be left in between two classes to insure proper cleaning? The kids sweat during classes, so does this mean that floors need to be washed and disinfected between each class as the kids may drip sweat or have to be on the floors as part of their dance rraining? Also when in class if the kids end up less that 2mts apart how long is permitted. There are times during a dance class that the kids are inevitably going to be less than 2mts apart as it is hard to have them control that at times.

    tarablight asked about 1 month ago

    During recreational activities such as dance, physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained where reasonably possible, except for brief exchanges.

    The province has developed guidance for recreational activities such as dance that will help participants and organizers/those responsible for recreational activities (e.g. provincial and local/municipal authorities, sports, and recreation organizations, coaches and leaders) consider the risks associated with recreational activities in Manitoba during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides examples of strategies that may be implemented to reduce potential risks. Each recreational activity group/organization and/or facility must establish a plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between participants and spectators. Guidelines including the risk assessment and mitigation tool 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. 

    Additional information for dance can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    If we are a hair school and follow the requirements can our students take guests?

    Karyn asked about 1 month ago

    Vocational colleges may provide learning in settings where learning requires hands-on experience. Physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained where reasonably possible. Students providing hair styling services as part of hands-on learning or practicum should follow the guidelines for hair stylists/barbers, which can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-one.html. 

    However, vocational colleges should offer virtual instruction as much as possible, where practical. Appropriate facility/institution specific guidance should be developed for situations where close contact can not be reasonably avoided. Refer to the workplace guidance for businesses website for more information.

    Additional information for vocational colleges can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    As for drive-in services for churches, Phase 2 states that there is no numerical limit provided people stay in their vehicles or STAND on the left side of their vehicles. Would it be allowed for people to SIT on the left side of their vehicles (in lawn chairs, for example) provided they stay at least 2 metres apart from members of another household at all times?

    Andrew D. asked about 1 month ago

    The guidelines for outdoor drive-in church services should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff. This includes staying in their vehicles, or standing outside on the left side of their vehicles, as long as the windows of the vehicle next to them are closed and as long as people remain two metres apart at all times. 

    Additional information for outdoor drive-in events can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    We own a children’s playcenter. What category would we fall under? We have a restaurant, playstructure and climbing wall in our 5000 sq foot building.

    Dmac13 asked about 1 month ago

    Indoor recreation facilities such as children's play centres are required to remain closed at this time. However, they may be included in future phases of restoring services. 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. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.  

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    We have a small rural community gym with a small number of members. The gym is not staffed as it is run by volunteers, we have a key card entry system with 24 hour access to our members. We rarely have more than 2 people in at a time and on average 3 - 5 members per day. We would like to re-open for our members, but were wondering about the staffing requirements. If we were to limit the entry into the gym to 1 member at a time or members of the same household only at 1 time, would that be acceptable?

    Lori J asked about 1 month ago

    Gyms may reopen June 1 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. Many of the Phase Two guidelines for gyms would require staff to be on site, including ensuring that physical distancing is followed. Other guidelines for gyms that would require staff to be present include:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing 
    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use


    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    With Phase Two, are bands able to perform on patios or inside premises?

    Steve66 asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses that are allowed to reopen and that provide entertainment such as a musician, or other similar performances can resume performances, however, performers must maintain a two metre physical distance from patrons. 

    Additional information for venues such as restaurants and bars can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    I am inquiring about outdoor sports facilities, specifically huge softball complexes.... The guidelines state.... "Facilities may operate at normal capacity outdoors if the organization implements 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" My question is what is the definition of "normal" Capacity and is there a time lime in a given day a facility can be at "normal" capacity? If the recreation facility is several acres and is at normal capacity my understanding is this does not fall under the same category as "no large outdoor gathering can exceed 50 people as long as all guidelines and social distancing rules are followed" ...Am I correct?

    Bobby J asked about 1 month ago

    The 50 person limit applies to outdoor public gatherings like weddings, funerals and places of worship. Outdoor sports facilities may operate at normal capacity outdoors if the organization implements 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.

    Additional information for outdoor sports facilities can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    As a photographer I understand that I was able to go back to work as part of phase one as long as I maintained social distancing. For phase two I am looking for information on whether or not I can do posed newborn photo sessions. You cannot maintain social distancing during a newborn session as you are wrapping/posing the baby and must be hands on to ensure their safety during the session. Would this be okay to do as part of phase two? It states that you must maintain social distancing except for brief exchanges or while performing the service. I am assuming that posing the baby and ensuring their safety would be part of the performing the service exception stated. Is this correct?

    Nas asked about 1 month ago

    Newborn photography services may be offered as long as two metres of separation can be maintained between those offering and receiving the service, except for brief exchanges. 

    Additional considerations include:

    • disinfecting equipment and surfaces before each session/between clients
    • not using shared equipment unless able to disinfect between users
    • not using equipment that is difficult to clean
    • limiting the amount of time of interactions


    Personal protective equipment may be used to protect the photographer and clients.

    Businesses should not rely solely on personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The general recommendations of staying home when sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and proper respiratory etiquette remain the most important and effective measures.

    Additional information on reducing risk and preventing spread of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/index.html.

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    Why are you suggesting that fitness facilities require a 10 square metre social Distancing ? Isn't the social Distancing requirement still at 2m? The 10 square m is related to calculating the over all occupancy not social Distance requirement.

    Soci asked about 1 month ago

    Fitness facilities must ensure that individuals are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others at the facility, except for brief exchanges. Additionally, fitness facilities are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. 

    Additional guidelines for fitness facilities can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    During a public swim time when there are no structured classes, how are people expected to swim 2m apart? How are lifeguards supposed to enforce this?

    Taylor Reimer asked about 1 month ago

    The Phase Two guidelines for pools include having separate staff monitoring physical distancing and capacity in addition to lifeguards, as well as ensuring signage is posted for physical distancing and using staggered entry times for different groups. 

    Pools may reopen June 1 if they implement measures to ensure physical distancing, except for brief exchanges. Pools are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Each pool/facility should have a site plan for procedures.

    Additional guidelines for pools can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    please clarify 50% on normal business operation vs 1 person per 10 sq meters. if the space is 4200 sq feet

    Garry Toews asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses and facilities that are able to reopen with occupancy limits are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Additionally, physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained. 

    Additional details specific to the type of business or facility can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    Hello, when will the VLT's turn on? Is it at the same time as the casinos and bingo halls, or when the bars are allowed to seat indoors?

    Deens asked about 1 month ago

    Video lottery terminals are to remain closed at this time. However, they may be included in future phases of restoring services. 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. As this is an evolving situation, we encourage you to stay up to date. Updates to information on COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    I run a Sports Camp. Some of the locations that I use are in Churches where they have Halls where we can put on a Camp. The church has advised that they can only have people in the parking lot. So if it is Not clarified that we could put a Camp on in the Hall or Gym of a Church - they we would be stuck. Will Phase 2 Clarify that indeed Church Halls or Gym can have Day Camps in there Facilities.

    D J Williams asked about 1 month ago

    Beginning June 1, multi-purpose facilities such as church halls and gyms can be used for activities (e.g. day camps) allowed in Phase Two if they follow the specific guidelines provided for those activities. 

    Additional guidelines for community centres such as mutli-purpose facilities in churches, as well as for day camps, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html


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    Can showers be used in gyms if we clean and sanitize then between use ?

    Personaltrainer asked about 1 month ago

    Individuals using gyms are encouraged to shower at home. Showers may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. These sites are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. 

    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Will Live Music performances be permitted in Bars and Cabarets in Phase 2?

    TPepper asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses that provide entertainment such as a musician, comedian or other similar performances can resume performances, however, performers must maintain a two metre physical distance from patrons. If the performer is part of a public gathering such as wedding they are included in the limit on public gatherings.

    Starting June 1, bars and similar businesses may operate patio service at 50 per cent of seating capacity and may reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables.

    Additional guidelines for bars can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Evening, Banquet Facilities-Do these follow the same guidelines are restaurants? 50% capacity, tables 2 metres apart, social distancing, etc? Thank you.

    TyS asked about 1 month ago

    Banquet facilities can serve food, however when providing meals facilities must follow applicable restaurant guidelines. At this time buffet-style eating is prohibited and congregating for meals should be avoided. Snack bars, coffee bars and other confectionery style refreshment counters should be closed. 

    Public gathering events such as weddings, birthday parties, retirement parties, or similar events are restricted to the limits on public gatherings. At this time no more than 50 people can gather outdoors and no more than 25 people can gather indoors for these types of events. Additionally, facilities are responsible for ensuring that people attending the event can maintain a two metre physical distance from others whether they be indoors or outdoors. This means that seating arrangements should allow for a 2 metre separation between chairs. When standing at events, including on dance floors, a 2 metre separation is also required for non-household members.  

    As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or out in public or private settings. For other areas of the hotel the restriction on 50% capacity or one person per square metres, whichever is lower still applies. 

    Additional details on guidelines for restaurants and public gatherings can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19.

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    We are a key access gym with no staff. We have implemented a pre-booking system with a maximum of 4 to maintain social distancing. Are we able to proceed without staff?

    K Knight asked about 1 month ago

    Gyms may reopen June 1 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. Many of the Phase Two guidelines for gyms would require staff to be on site, including ensuring that physical distancing is followed. Other guidelines for gyms that would require staff to be present include:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing 
    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use

    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.    

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    How can a 24/7-no staff-keycard entry-without a booking system rural gym make sure we abide by the released guidelines?

    Minnedosa fitness centre ltd asked about 1 month ago

    Gyms may reopen June 1 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. Gyms should follow the Phase Two guidelines including for facility entry such as managing entry points and discouraging drop-in use. 

    Additionally, many of the guidelines for gyms would require staff to be on site, including ensuring that physical distancing is followed. Other guidelines for gyms that would require staff to be present include:

    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use

    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.    

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    When can a private class 5 driving instructor resume conducting driving lessons?

    gwen123 asked about 1 month ago

    Effective June 1st, you are able to resume class 5 driving lessons in a vehicle. It is recommended that lessons are one-on-one and instructors should ensure frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces inside the vehicle and consider wearing non-medical masks when inside the vehicle. 

    If lessons are in a class room setting instructors must ensure that participants can maintain two metre physical distancing. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    As a church member I feel that we are being discriminated against. You can go into large box stores with out any restrictions and there is very little way to keep your 6' distance, bars and restaurants can open with 50% capacity (yo have no idea who is in the bar or restaurant with you). Why is it that churches (worship) are being singled out that they have to sit out side in their vehicles. In most church setting you know the people you are with and know if they have traveled. If churches were allowed a 50% they could easily just use every other bench and have 1 family per bench or 2 if the bench is large enough (and the family small enough). I am in charge of sound at our church and am finding very difficult to find a way to broadcast the sound from the church to the vehicles and would like a suggestion on what to use to get this done. AGAIN why is it basically just churches that are not allowed to be at 50%!!!!??

    DZ asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your comments.

    Churches may hold services indoors for 25 people, or for 50 people outdoors. People in attendance have to be able to maintain a two metre physical distance from each other. 

    Additionally, there may be multiple groups of 25 people can be at an indoor church service. However, there should be no intermingling between groups and ideally there should be separate entrances used or at the least the entrance must be staggered. Also, there should be frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, readily available hand sanitizer and no shared materials.

    Churches may also hold outdoor drive-in events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles, or stand outside on the left side of their vehicles, as long as the windows of the vehicle next to them are closed and as long as people remain two metres apart at all times. Additional details on outdoor drive-in events can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

    Church organizations should also encourage the use of the online screening tool for all patrons prior to any services.  

    Additional recommendations for reducing the risk of COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

    Our team can provide answers on how Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services applies. Decisions related to the restrictions in place and the rationale behind those decisions are determined by senior government public health officials and cannot be answered by our team. To provide your comments and feedback on Phase Two please complete the survey at https://engagemb.ca/restoring-safe-services-phase-two/survey_tools/rsstfeedback.

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    I operate a restaurant and intend to open for Dine-in services on June1st. I understand the 50% occupancy rules and the requirement for physical distance. How many guests can I seat at one table? Is a group of 25 allowed?

    MarkLud asked about 1 month ago

    People socializing together at indoor restaurants are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). 

    The 25 person limit applies to indoor public gatherings like weddings, funerals and places of worship. Beginning June 1, restaurants may open indoor spaces with occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

    Additional details on Phase Two, including restrictions and guidelines for restaurants can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Will there still be capacity restrictions and physical distancing restrictions (2 metres) in September if we continue to phase 3 for dance Studios?

    Bertha asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question. Our team can provide answers on how Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services applies to businesses. Decisions related to the restrictions in place and the rationale behind those decisions are determined by senior government public health officials and cannot be answered by our team. To provide your comments and feedback on Phase Two please complete the survey at https://engagemb.ca/restoring-safe-services-phase-two/survey_tools/rsstfeedback.

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    Why is there no mention of small churches, where we could have everyone attend, and there would still be room for adequate social distancing? Why can't there be modified rules for the places in Manitoba where we have no covid at all? To make rules that work in Winnipeg means that those of us in the rural areas have stayed locked down for no good reason.

    Canadiana64 asked about 1 month ago

    Churches may hold services indoors for 25 people, or for 50 people outdoors. People in attendance have to be able to maintain a two metre physical distance from each other. 

    Additionally, there may be multiple groups of 25 people can be at an indoor church service. However, there should be no intermingling between groups and ideally there should be separate entrances used or at the least the entrance must be staggered. Additionally, there should be frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, readily available hand sanitizer and no shared materials.

    Church organizations should also encourage the use of the online screening tool for all patrons prior to any services.  

    Additional recommendations can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html

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    What is the plan for the 14 self isolation for inter provincial travel? What phase will it be lifted?

    justanumber2u asked about 1 month ago

    The public health orders that put into place travel restrictions requiring those entering Manitoba to self-isolate upon their arrival are in place until further notice. 

    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. As the situation evolves, Manitoba public health officials will make decisions based on evidence at the time. 

    Information on travel restrictions can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    For private vocational schools is it 25 students and staff in the building or in each class? Our building is 8,000 square feet and also includes a salon and a store. I need clarification if we can have 25 students in each classroom or total in the school portion of the building?

    Karyn asked about 1 month ago

    Multiple groups can be in separate classrooms, labs or teaching sites in vocational schools under certain conditions. The occupancy in each classroom, lab or teaching site is limited to 50 per cent of the usual capacity of the space, or a maximum of 25 students, whichever is less. Physical distancing of two metres between individuals must be maintained where reasonably possible. Staff and students should segregate and prevent contact with other groups, as well as consider other creative solutions to discourage congregation.

    For additional guidelines and information for vocational schools visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

     

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    Just needing clarification on the 50% capacity. My business has a second floor that only two people work out of. With their clients their would be 4 of them total on a whole separate floor from the rest of the business. Their would be pairs of two in compete separate rooms, with them both coming back at the same time we are still under the 25 people capacity. The space would be approx 500sq feet for 4 people completely separated.

    Denny01 asked about 1 month ago

    Businesses that are able to be open are to implement measures to ensure that people attending the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others. The limits on public gatherings of 25 people indoors 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. Businesses may also be subject to other restrictions related to capacity, depending on the type of business. Businesses should review the public health order and applicable guidelines online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    Has there been any indication on when the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on return from another province or travel from another province might be lifted? There is no information on this in any of the documents on restoring services.

    Lexa Denae asked about 1 month ago

    The public health orders that put into place travel restrictions requiring those entering Manitoba to self-isolate upon their arrival are in place until further notice. 

    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. As the situation evolves, Manitoba public health officials will make decisions based on evidence at the time. 

    Information on travel restrictions can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    What are restrictions to host annual outdoor concert and beer garden?

    SDC LAB CDC asked about 1 month ago

    Public gatherings of 50 people are allowed outdoors. Additionally people in attendance have to be able to maintain a 2 metre physical distance from each other. 

    If the event is taking place in a tent, the walls must be up or removed in order for it to be considered an outdoor space. 

    Musicians and other performers such as comedians and magicians can provide their services in a public setting as long as they are abiding by the limit on public gatherings. 

    Organizations hosting events should also consider the use of the online screening tool for all patrons prior to allowing them to enter the space. 

    Additional details can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    In phase 2 under team sports and other recreational activities you state under dance 50 % occupancy with a maximum 25 per classroom. If we are a gymnastics facility with over 15000 sq ft that have station areas I.e. beam area, bar area, vault area etc. do we work with 50% of our occupancy and no more than 25 kids per group/class? Can you please clarify as we do not use classrooms in our sport.

    Marg Gobe asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Indoor activities such as gymnastics can open with 50 per cent occupancy with a class size not to exceed 25 and a two metre/six foot separation between participants. 

    Additional information on team sports/indoor recreation activities can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    Is Gymnastics permitted to resume June 1st?

    karlykmiller asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Recreational activities and sports, such as gymnastics may resume as of June 1. Additional details for recreational activities can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html. Sports guidelines for participants and organizers/those responsible for recreational activities are also available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

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    does the one person per 10 sq m for a hot tub apply to couples and families (people who live or are travelling together)? our hotel has two large hot tubs, one indoor (14 sq m) and an outdoor one (24 sq m) so according to the guidelines we would only be allowed 1 person in the indoor tub and 2 in the outdoor one -- correct?

    Elkhorn asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or out in public or private settings. Non-household members should comply with guidelines of one person per 10 square metres in hot tubs.

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    Hi there, I am wanting to confirm if tents without sides used outdoors for a physically distanced event would count as an indoor gathering (25 people) or an outdoor gathering (50 people). I am only asking because I have found mixed information and I want to ensure that I am following the proper guidelines for a physically distanced event. Thank you!

    missryback asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    A tent with walls would be considered an indoor space and would be restricted to 25 people if used for a public gathering. All walls should be up or removed for it to be considered an outdoor space where 50 people would be allowed to gather.

    It is also recommended that those attending public gatherings can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres apart. Additional recommendations can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html.

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    I'm a little confused about the Summer Student Wage Subsidy, specifically the line that says "Existing permanent or part-time employees are not eligible. We have been closed since march 17th, however, we feel like our part-time employees are still employed by us when we are able to open. We would love to hire 5 of them back on a full time rather than a part time basis when we reopen. Would they be considered "existing" from the perspective of Government?

    Laura Hawkins asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Businesses can call the Manitoba Economic Support Centre at 1-888-805-7554 for information and guidance on the supports available for businesses. Additional information about provincial and federal financial support for businesses can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/business/index.html

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    Is it okay for newborn photographers to resume business as part of phase two? Newborn sessions are unique as there is no way to maintain 6 feet of social distance during the photo session. The photographer is responsible for posing the baby and needs to be hands on to ensure the safety of the baby during the session. Would a session like this be able to take place if the photographer uses a mask, hand sanitizer, self screening, etc? It looks like we would fall under the guidelines for Personal Services so it looks like we would be okay but I just want to confirm.

    Nas asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Newborn photography services may be offered as long as two metres of separation can be maintained between those offering and receiving the service, except for brief exchanges. Personal protective equipment may be used to protect the photographer and customers.

    Businesses should not rely solely on personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The general recommendations of staying home when sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and proper respiratory etiquette remain the most important and effective measures.

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    Can a Manitoban manufacturing essential service facility fly in a vendor from Montreal one day and have them report to the facility the next day? Or must they self isolate for 14 days before attending the facility containing 100 Manitoban production workers?

    KJHBS asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Out-of-province workers arriving in Manitoba are required to self-isolate for 14-days upon their arrival UNLESS they are providing vital services, the employer deems the worker absolutely necessary to immediately perform the vital service, and it would be to the detriment of Manitobans if they did not work immediately upon their arrival (e.g. no one else is available to perform their function). 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. 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.

    The public health orders, including the requirements for those who must self-isolate, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

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    Are class5 driving schools allowed to open

    Westman asked about 1 month ago

    Effective June 1st, class 5 driving lessons may resume in a vehicle. It is recommended that lessons are one-on-one and instructors should ensure frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces inside the vehicle and consider wearing non-medical masks when inside the vehicle. 

    If lessons are in a classroom setting, instructors must ensure that participants can maintain two metre physical distancing. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    I live in Regina, sk and have been going to a fishing lodge north of the 53rd for the past 12 years. With the recent change to the travel ban north of the 53rd, could I not travel to this Manitoba lodge if I can do so while following the other Manitoba restrictions? We would make sure that we are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 and ensure self-isolation for the minimum 14 days. We intend to be there for 4 to 6 weeks with enough groceries for the entire stay. The cabin we rent is self sufficient ensuring no contact with other guests (if there are any). The route up is all highway travel and we would only need to stop for gas. We have been following the Covid-19 guidelines here in Saskatchewan and have been as successful as the province of Manitoba. A fishing trip to Cranberry Portage would do wonders for one’s mental health, and could be done safely within Manitoba’s Covid-19 guidelines.

    Big dog asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    The public health orders that put into place travel restrictions requiring those entering Manitoba to self-isolate upon their arrival as well as prohibiting travel to northern Manitoba have not changed and are in place until further notice. The changes to travel to northern Manitoba under Phase Two effective June 1 applies to Manitoba residents. The self-isolation order and details on restrictions to travel to northern Manitoba can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

    We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic and policies put in place in response to it are having an impact on the lives of people who would like to visit Manitoba at this time.

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    Phase 2 states that bowling alleys can open, which are indoor recreation facilities but indoor rec facilities are part of phase 3. Does that mean other indoor rec facilities can open as well if they keep groups small and social distancing is followed. Or even private rentals of under 10 kids to have a birthday party or 2 families to get together? I don’t understand why some businesses can open and others can’t, when they offer the same service which is entertainment.

    Dmac13 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Indoor recreational facilities 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.    

    Our team can provide answers on how Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services applies to businesses. Decisions related to the restrictions in place and the rationale behind those decisions are determined by senior government public health officials and cannot be answered by our team. To provide your comments and feedback on Phase Two please complete the survey at https://engagemb.ca/restoring-safe-services-phase-two/survey_tools/rsstfeedback.

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    What about a key card access gym with no employees on the premises? Are we still allowed to proceeded?

    Rach asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Gyms 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. However, many of the guidelines for gyms would require staff to be on site, including ensuring that physical distancing is followed. Other guidelines for gyms that would require staff to be present include:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing 
    • ensuring staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between use


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

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    For gyms the new phase says keep 2 metres away except for brief exchanges but then says group classes should have 1 participant Every 2 square metres. Is this two ways of saying the same thing? Or two completely different measurements (what it seems to be which is a bit confusing). Thanks.

    John F asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Yes, the intent of the physical distancing requirements for gyms and group exercise classes are the same. Participants should be reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others throughout the class, except for brief exchanges. 

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    Would an indoor tennis club be considered phase two? Or later phases?

    Nancy123456 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Under Phase Two, beginning June 1 indoor tennis may resume as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning of equipment and indoor spaces. People must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

    For additional details on team sports/recreational activities such as tennis under Phase Two, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html. Sports guidelines for participants and organizers/those responsible for recreational activities are also available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

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    I teach Car driving on One on One Basis. Where do stand in Phase 2? Can we start teaching or not yet? Please advise. Thanks

    Sunny1965 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. This answer has been updated with new information. Effective June 1st, you are able to resume class 5 driving lessons in a vehicle. It is recommended that lessons are one-on-one and instructors should ensure frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces inside the vehicle and consider wearing non-medical masks when inside the vehicle. 

    If lessons are in a class room setting instructors must ensure that participants can maintain two metre physical distancing. Additional guidelines can be found on Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services website at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.

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    If I have family working north of the 53rd parallel am I able to fly directly to see them with the new guidelines beginning June 1?

    Jayden asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Non-essential travel to northern Manitoba is prohibited. Visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html to review the current public health orders regarding travel north of the 53rd parallel. 

    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. For additional details about travel to northern Manitoba in Phase Two, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Will weddings be allowed this summer? If so, what will the rules and regulations on them.

    Kennedyg asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Weddings are allowed, however they must follow the guidelines for public gatherings. Public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors. Staff and officiants count towards the number of attendees. People attending such gatherings should maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photo together). This means that seating arrangements should allow for a 6 foot/2 metre separation between chairs. When standing at weddings, including on dance floors, a 6 foot/2 metre separation is also required for non-household members. Members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other. 

    Food services at weddings must follow the same requirements as all other food establishments. Visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html for details on the guidelines and restrictions for food establishments.

    Additional information on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html. People are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild (visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/about/index.html for a list of symptoms). This means not attending any activities outside of your home, even if they are more solitary activities, such as running or biking.

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    What are the government's recommendations on interprovincial travel below the 53rd parallel? (For example a day trip to Brandon from Winnipeg). Is it encouraged or discouraged? Should travelers self-isolate upon return?

    Brian H asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Public health officials advise Manitobans to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you must travel, there are a range of recommendations (available in this fact sheet) for reducing the risks. Manitobans who have not left the province but have travelled within Manitoba do not have to self-isolate if they are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

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    Hello, I have been told by a public health inspector that: “If a residential pool owner conducts swimming lessons in their pool, they will then be categorized as a public pool. They are not allowed to operate without a permit & they won’t receive a permit at this time, and until they meet regulatory compliance.” In Restoring Safe Services Phase Two it states that “private residential pools are not restricted”. Can I offer swimming lessons to small groups of people in a backyard pool for which I would be paid for?

    KPlett asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    The statement in Phase Two that private residential pools are not restricted refers to personal use of private residential pools. The Phase Two guidelines do not supersede the requirement for a permit and compliance with all regulatory requirements in order to conduct swimming lessons.

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    What are the expectations when it comes to social distancing for kids at day camps this summer? With a strict 6 ft rule that would imply they can't sit down and play a board game together, do any group games, etc. Would it apply to walking from one place to another? As in 15 kids would require a 100ft line for 6 ft spacing while walking?

    Andrew_1 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Day camps should maintain occupancy and activity levels that allow people to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges, including while walking as a group.

    In general, activities that do not involve shared material/equipment should be prioritized. If shared equipment is required, consider only using those that can be thoroughly cleaned between use. For example, board games are not a recommended activity due to common handling by multiple participants during games and the inability to thoroughly clean game pieces between use.

    Additional guidelines and restrictions for day camps can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.  

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    Can you travel to a cabin in Ontario that is further than 50kms from the border of MB?

    LCB asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Public health officials advise Manitobans to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you must travel to a cabin, there are a range of recommendations (available in this fact sheet) for reducing the risks. 

    Additionally, public health officials have issued public health orders that require that anyone entering Manitoba from another province must self-isolate for 14 days, except those who meet the specific criteria for exemption in the public health orders. 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. The public health orders, including the requirements for those who must self-isolate, can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html

    Additionally, people traveling to Ontario should review travel orders for Ontario at https://www.publichealthontario.ca

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    Does the Picnic Area guideline on page 23 (under Guidelines for Beaches) of the Phase 2 document apply to Picnic Areas in other public spaces, such as a Park owned by a Municipality?

    D. Geddes asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    In general, public picnic areas should be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained and if sanitization cannot be performed between use. 

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    Hello, In your Risk Assessment & Mitigation too for Restoration of Recreational Activities, I would like clarification on what is meant by "Prolonged contact is defined as lasting for more than 10 minutes of time being less than two metres away, and may be cumulative (i.e., over multiple interactions).". does this mean during one class/training session or over the course of the entire program Our water rescue and first aid programs will require contact with another person from time to time and we have developed strategies for mitigating the risks and keeping contact to a minimum.

    KPlett asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    The guidance to restrict cumulative prolonged contact refers to interaction during one class, not over multiple days or weeks.

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    Hello, Can you please advise on newborn photography with the implementation of Phase 2. can a newborn photographer photograph babies in the family home, provided they are following social distancing. Can a newborn photographer come within those limits, for short time periods, to pose or move a baby if they are utilizing the proper Personal Protective equipment, such as gloves, masks and proper cleaning procedures, with frequent hand washing and use of sanitizer. Thank you

    Newborn Photographer asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Newborn photography services may be offered as long as two metres of separation can be maintained between those offering and receiving the service, except for brief exchanges. Personal protective equipment may be used to protect the photographer and customers. 

    Businesses should not rely solely on personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19. The general recommendations of staying home when sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and proper respiratory etiquette remain the most important and effective measures.


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    Are RMTs included in the occupancy limits being lifted for regulated health professions?

    jonbob38 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Non-regulated health professions, including massage, must continue to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres.

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    Phase 2 lists Gymnastics as an activity that may be permitted as of June 1st. If a Return to Sport protocol (mandated by the Provincial Sport Organization) is in place in addition to the Activity guidelines is it permitted? Is anything further required?

    karlykmiller asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    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. Guidance on performing a risk assessment for different activities and establishing plans is posted online at: http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html.

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    How does travel work for people wanting to come and visit people in the North? So I live in Thompson and I am connected via the highway system. My family would like to come and visit and they want to know if that is okay As long as they are do not have symptoms of Covid.

    Cameron Flamand asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Non-essential travel to northern Manitoba is prohibited. Visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html to review the current public health orders regarding travel north of the 53rd parallel. 

    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. For additional details about travel to northern Manitoba in Phase Two, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Under the Phase 2 guidelines, it states for Bars, Beverage Rooms, etc that "Standing service is not allowed". Does this mean that a customer can't go up to a counter to place their order, or that they cannot stand at a counter to drink their drinks?

    Jan C asked about 1 month ago

    In Phase Two beginning on June 1st, bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses may operate patio and indoor services under certain restrictions and guidelines. Standing service is not allowed at this time therefore drinks must be ordered at and delivered to seated areas. Additional guidelines can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html 

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    Is travel still restricted north of the 53rd?

    Muffy asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Travel to northern Manitoba and to remote communities is prohibited with some exceptions. These measures will largely remain in place in Phase Two, which begins June 1. Visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html to review the current public health orders regarding travel north of the 53rd parallel.

    However, beginning June 1, Manitoba residents will be permitted to travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel from within Manitoba. For additional details about travel to northern Manitoba in Phase Two, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    In regards to outdoor public swimming pools, "these sites are required to limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower." Is this area referring to the pool itself, or the whole fenced area (including non-swimmers).

    RecEdo asked about 1 month ago

    Occupancy restrictions are calculated on the basis of the area of the facility that is open to the public. Additional guidelines can be found at:  https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html 

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    Hello, Phase Two does NOT outline whether the limit of 10 people still applies for gathering at tables at restaurants. Could you please clarify your previous response: does the limit of 10 people from Phase One still apply, or will it be 25 inside/50 outside now? Thank you!

    Restaurant Qs asked about 1 month ago

    The changes in Phase Two plan are in addition to those introduced in Phase One. If no changes to guidelines implemented in Phase One are announced, the conditions outlined in Phase One still apply.

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    Will group prenatal classes be allowed In phase 2? (Group size - 5 couples)

    Babby Penner asked about 1 month ago

    As of June 1st, prenatal classes may resume. While attending, all members of the public must reasonably be able to maintain two metres apart except for brief interactions. Additional guidelines can be found at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html 

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    Does the 25 person limit to public indoor gatherings apply to businesses such as restaurants? For example, could a group of 25 book a table at a restaurant so long as social distancing can still be maintained between this group and other patrons, up to 50% capacity?

    Restaurant Qs asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    The 25 person limit applies to indoor public gatherings like weddings, funerals and places of worship.  

    Beginning June 1, restaurants may open indoor spaces with occupancy limits of 50 per cent of normal business levels, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Additional details on Phase Two, including restrictions and guidelines for restaurants can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Will students be forced back to school or will it be optional for the student and parent to decide?

    Brian H asked about 1 month ago

    This answer was updated with additional information. Classroom learning will remain suspended for the remainder of the school year. However, beginning June 1st,  schools can open for staff and specific programs. As well, students will be able to meet with teachers for the purpose of assessment and planning for the resumption of classes in September. Remote learning continues but will wind down throughout June as student assessment and transition planning begins. This planning may be done remotely or in person depending on local needs and individual considerations. Please reach out to your school to see what they are implementing at this time. 

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    Is there a step by step procedure for organized sports teams to follow in order to resume practices/games? A guide to provide them when they approach us, the renter of the facility they utilize.

    Rural Recreation asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Sports guidelines for team sports and other recreational activities are available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html. This guidance will help participants and organizers/those responsible for recreational activities (e.g. provincial and local/municipal authorities, sports, performing arts, and recreation organizations, coaches and leaders) assess and mitigate risks. It provides examples of strategies that may be implemented to reduce potential risks. 

    Details of the guidelines and restrictions for team sports to resume activities beginning June 1 can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    For specifically Rugby and Football, in Phase 2 are drills and skill building practices permitted. When will organized games be permitted?

    Rural Recreation asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Under Phase Two beginning June 1, team sports such as rugby and football can resume including drills, skill building practices and games as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning of equipment and indoor spaces. People must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

    All activities will require some modification from their usual operations; however, activities that have close prolonged face to face contact such as rugby and football are higher risk, and will require some modification of the sport or activity to minimize this type of contact.

    For additional details on team sports under Phase Two, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html. Sports guidelines for participants and organizers/those responsible for recreational activities are also available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/sports-guidelines.html.

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    What are martial arts schools consider under phase 2. I've asked this multiple times through email and it seems like nobody knows. Are we gyms? Or team sports? Please respond ASAP as we would like to be in compliance

    Mike123456 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Martial arts falls under team sports and other recreational activities. Effective June 1, team sports and other recreational activities can resume as long as precautions are taken, such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning of equipment and indoor spaces. Additional details on Phase Two, including restrictions and guidelines for team sports and recreational activities can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    HI, under Phase 2 is states:Restaurants may reopen patios and indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables. Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. I have a table that is 6 feet away from other tables BUT only 2-3 feet away from a pathway for servers to go to the kitchen, is this okay?

    GregG asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Servers passing a table using pathway to the kitchen would be considered a brief exchange.

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    Are music recording studios able to open under Phase Two guidelines? If so, what social distancing protocols would be mandatory?

    lmargaret asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Currently recording studios are required to be closed to the public. They may operate on a remote or online basis. They may be included in future phases for restoring services. 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.

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    Driving instructor- is it ok to resume teaching in-car

    Denny asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Effective June 1st, class 5 driving lessons may resume in a vehicle. It is recommended that lessons are one-on-one and instructors should ensure frequent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces inside the vehicle and consider wearing non-medical masks when inside the vehicle. 

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

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    I operate a Resort hotel which has a large indoor pool area with attached outdoor deck. The occupancy for the pool area is 140, the size of the room is 700 sq m and the pool surface area is 140 sq m. how many people can I have in the pool building and in the pool? the outdoor deck has an occupancy of 100 and is 235 sq m. how many people can I have on the deck?

    Elkhorn asked about 1 month ago

    Occupancy restrictions are calculated on the basis of the area of the facility that is open to the public. Occupancy is limited to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Additionally, members of the public must reasonably be able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

    Additional guidelines for pools can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    Hello, are wading pools allowed open on June 1st?

    KPlett asked about 1 month ago

    Wading pools, splash pads/parks, and swimming pools may reopen as of June 1. Additional details can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

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    You have a salon business that is located in an area of Winnipeg where we get lot of Tourists. Usually from northern towns and reserves as well as from closed communities such as Kenora and fort Frances. Are we allowed to service healthy individuals from Kenora and area? Thank you very much for your help

    Dantheman asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Businesses should post signage warning that peopled should not enter the store if they feel unwell or have travelled outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days. Posters and resources can be found online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/resources/index.html

    In addition, the following guidelines should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff:

    • Staff shall undertake self-screening before they attend work and are to stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Inform clients that they are not allowed service if they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.
    • Screen all clients upon entry, and confirm that they are not experiencing any symptoms. People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to call Health Links - Info Santé.


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

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    Can non-profit music and art organizations hold a drive-in concert provided that all health and safety protocols outlined in the Outdoor Drive-In Events section of Phase Two are followed? The event would include a stage, space for 100-125 distanced vehicles, as well as volunteers and security on-site to disinfect portable washrooms and patrol the surrounding area at all times.

    Yoshi asked about 1 month ago

    Organizations may hold outdoor events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles, or stand outside on the left side of their vehicles, as long as the windows of the vehicle next to them are closed and as long as people remain two metres apart at all times. Additional guidelines for outdoor drive-in events can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.  

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    Are children's day camps to follow the same guidelines as child care facilities?

    Andrew_1 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    Day camps must follow child care centre sanitation and infection prevention guidelines. For detailed information, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/resources/pubs/infection_control.pdf 

    Effective June 1, the maximum number of children per group is 24. Where possible, camps should maintain occupancy and design activities to allow children and staff to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Choirs or musical theatre activities will not be allowed, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing as compared to speaking. Overnight camps are not permitted in Phase Two.

    In addition to general public health guidance for businesses, other important considerations for these businesses include:

    • Screening must occur each day at drop off. Children with symptoms should not be allowed to attend.
    • If campers are brought to public areas, such as a park, consider splitting the groups into smaller units, such as two groups of eight campers with two supervisors, to maintain the maximum of 10 gathering in one place.
    • Disinfect surfaces frequently.
    • Be outdoors as much as possible. Promote individual activity to minimize contact. Contact sports or games or the use shared equipment is strongly discouraged. Remove toys, crafts and books that are not easily sanitized.
    • Encourage extra handwashing for staff and campers.
    • Stagger meals/snacks/naps and encourage physical distance between campers.
    • Sites must use separate exits, develop staggered drop-off schedules and ensure there is no contact throughout the day with other groups.
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    We own and operate a cycling studio in Manitoba. As we are preparing to open in phase II we would like clarification on an item to ensure we are complying with all protocols. We see that towel service is not allowed at this time, what about rental cycling shoes in which the studio owns and clients rent when they attend a class.

    Karen Dufault asked about 1 month ago

    Cycling studios can offer shoe rentals however they must ensure that shoes are cleaned and disinfected between use. Additional guidelines for fitness facilities can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html.

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    For artisan markets, with local handmade products, are there any occupancy restrictions that need to be followed?

    DJF asked about 1 month ago

    Artisan and farmers' markets 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 other members of the public. Additional safety guidelines can be found in Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html

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    Does our business need to quarantine ( goods, mail, packages) entering our building through our shipping and receiving department, for X amount of days/hours before delivering the goods to departments? Any specific infection, prevention and control practices that we need to put into place to mitigate/ reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and protect our workforce?

    D. Bukowski asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. It is recommended that businesses limit the number of incoming deliveries to those that are deemed essential. In addition, businesses should also remind employees and volunteers not to touch their face and to clean their hands after handling and/or unwrapping deliveries.

    Additional workplace guidance for business owners can be viewed online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html

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    We have a wedding in early August. We are hoping to set up a tent in the backyard. Can we have 50 people .. ? Do you think the number of people outdoors increase by early August?

    Gurmit Bhatti asked about 1 month ago

    Weddings must follow the guidelines for public gatherings. Event facilities, planners and hosts of upcoming celebrations, including weddings, should consider the potential that public health orders around gathering size are subject to change.

    Public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors. A tent with walls would be considered an indoor space and would be restricted to 25 people if used for a public gathering such as a wedding. All walls should be up or removed for it to be considered an outdoor space. It is also recommended that those attending can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres apart.  

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

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    We are having a wedding in early August. Do you think outdoor music will be allowed in early August?

    Gurmit Bhatti asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. Live bands (e.g., singing, musical instruments) are allowed at weddings and should follow applicable guidelines.

    The following guidelines should be followed by event planners, hosts and attendees hosting and attending weddings: http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html.

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    If an outdoor wedding event takes place on a private rural property, do the owners of the property count towards the max 50 group size, even though they are attendees at the wedding? If a covered structure has 1 wall open and 3 walls closed, does that count as an indoor venue that has a reduced max group size of 25? Who is responsible (and ultimately liable) for making sure a wedding is following group size and social distancing guidelines?

    GK asked about 1 month ago

    At this time provincial public health officials are advising people to limit gatherings at private residences to 25 people indoor and 50 outdoors. People in attendance whether they be indoors or outdoors, are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges (e.g., taking a photos together). This means that seating arrangements should allow for a 6 foot/ 2 metre separation between chairs. As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or out in public or private settings. People are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/about/index.html for a list of symptoms. 

    A tent with walls would be considered an indoor space and would be restricted to 25 people if used for a public gathering. All walls should be up or removed for it to be considered an outdoor space. It is also recommended that those attending can reasonably maintain a distance of two metres apart.  Additional recommendations for hosting weddings can be found at: http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html.

    The private property owner is responsible to ensure that physical distancing guidelines are adhered to on their property. 

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    Are gyms required to book appointments for members to come in?

    Tracey Tallaire asked about 1 month ago

    Drop-ins are permitted, however they are discouraged. It is recommended that you use a booking system to reserve a block of time in advance.

    Other guidelines for facility entry at gyms include:

    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing
    • ensure staff are present to control access
    • discouraging congregation within the facility
    • using contactless forms of payment
    • screening all patrons for symptoms and exposures using the screening posters or the online screening tool


    Additional guidelines for gyms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html#collapse12

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    As a church, if we are hosting an indoor service, are our staff considered part of the 25 or are they considered like restaurant staff where they are not included in the 50% capacity.

    SHINA asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there. Public gatherings are restricted to twenty-five people for indoor events and fifty people for outdoor events. The maximum number of people allowed is for all attendees. Staff officiants, ministers or others providing services count towards the number of attendees.

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    Hi, is congregational singing permitted outside and inside churches if all other social distancing requirements are met? Joanne

    Hermit asked about 1 month ago

    Large choirs should not be allowed at this time, due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. Performers and audiences should follow gathering size limitations. Preference should be given to outdoor sites for events to further minimize risk. The number of vocalists and instrumentalists should be limited to soloists or small groups.

    Additionally, public health officials have developed guidance for vocalists to assess and reduce the risk of transmission, which can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/music-guidelines.html.

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    For day camps how many volunteers/staff are allowed around the 24 kids ?

    chaystratton asked about 1 month ago

    The maximum number of children per group is 24; there is no maximum number of staff/volunteers per group. Staff and volunteers at day camps should maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

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    I’m getting married on my brothers property and I understand that we can have 50 people outside. He also has a barn and a shop, would we be able to have additional groups of 25 in those buildings?

    kfriesen asked about 1 month ago

    At this time provincial public health officials are advising people to limit gatherings at private residences to 25 people indoor and 50 outdoors. These maximums are for all attendees even if they are in separate rooms or spaces. Additional recommendations for hosting weddings can be found at: http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/celebrations-ceremonies-guidelines.html.

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    With respect to current public health order and public gatherings. 1(2) states the 25/50 public gathering rule does not apply to a business or facility permitted to open under the order. If that is the case, why does a licensed premises have to abide to the 25/50 public gathering rule if they host a wedding or an event such as a birthday party? Licensed premises are permitted to open at 50% capacity under the current order.

    Steve66 asked about 1 month ago

    Public gatherings are limited to 25 people indoors or 50 outdoors regardless of where the event takes place. Public gatherings include weddings, funerals, retirement parties and other similar events. 

    Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html.