Public Health

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I am experiencing anxiety as a result of COVID-19?

    The Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program is available to all residents of Manitoba 16 years old and older who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety symptoms as a result of COVID-19.   See Website

  • Can I get in trouble for not following social distancing?

    Social distancing is a health recommendation, not law. You are not legally required to stay 2 metres away from other people, although this is what health experts have recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    However, the Manitoba government has enacted a number of public health orders that you are legally required to follow throughout the province. Currently, these include:

    • You must not allow anyone who does not live in your residence to enter or remain in your residence. There are some exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone.
    • Both indoor and outdoor social gatherings are only permitted for certain purposes, like weddings or funerals. These gatherings must not be more than 5 people. Gatherings of more than 5 people will be subject to fines.
    • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places.
    • Retail businesses cannot sell non-essential items in person, but they can sell non-essential items for delivery or pickup.
    • Religious and cultural gatherings must be provided virtually. Drive-in events may be held, but only members of the same household may occupy a vehicle, and no one is allowed to leave their vehicle.
    • You must self-isolate for 14 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact.
    • You must self-isolate if someone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
    • You must self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba if you have travelled internationally or in Canada east of Terrace Bay, Ontario. 
    • Travel to and from northern Manitoba is restricted and non-essential travel is discouraged.

    A list of the provincial restrictions and any exceptions can be found here.

    There may also be additional restrictions in place for health regions that have suffered large COVID outbreaks. For more information about restrictions in your region, visit the Government of Manitoba website here.

    For a full list of up to date information, please visit the Government of Manitoba website here. Individuals who do not comply with the public health order to wear a mask could be fined $298, and could be fined $1,296 for other infractions. Corporations that do not comply could be fined $5,000.

    The Government of Canada has also put an emergency order in place under the Quarantine Act that applies to travellers entering Canada from other countries. Violating the order could result in high fines and/or jail time. For more information about this order, visit the Government of Canada website here.

  • Where can I find a list of the public health orders?

    The current state of emergency and public health orders can be found on the Government of Manitoba’s website here.

    The province’s media releases can be viewed here.

    You can also find general information about COVID-19 cases in Manitoba and the provincial response level here.