Public Health

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When am I eligible for vaccination?

    The Government of Manitoba is providing vaccinations to higher risk groups first, including medical workers and the elderly. For more information about the available vaccines, and information about when you will be eligible, visit protectmb.ca.

  • 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. As of March 26, 2021, these include:

    • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places.
    • Visits inside a home are allowed, but each household is only allowed 2 designated people from outside the home. Alternatively, two households can designate each other so that any member of either household may visit the other household. In these cases, no indoor visits from people who live in other households are allowed. People may still visit homes to provide certain services like healthcare, tutoring, childcare, and moving.
    • Outdoor visits are allowed, but with a limit of 25 people, not including members of the same household. This includes outdoor sports and recreation activities.
    • Indoor gatherings have a limit of 5 people.
    • Weddings and funerals may have 25 people, not including the officiant and photographer/videographer, as long as all other guidelines are followed. Larger gatherings may be held as drive-in gatherings, as long as all participants in a vehicle are from the same household.
    • Restaurants may offer dine-in services at 50% capacity. Tables of up to 6 people from the same household are allowed indoors. Outdoors, tables of up to six people are allowed, and may include members of different households.
    • In-person religious services may be held at 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is lower.
    • Retail businesses may open at 50% capacity, or 500 people, whichever is lower.
    • Gyms may open at 25% capacity.
    • Museums, art galleries, and libraries may open at 25% capacity, or 250 people, whichever is lower.
    • Hairdressers, tattoo parlours, spas, and other personal services may open at 50% capacity.
    • 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 another province or territory in Canada.
    • 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.

    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.