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. As of July 25th, the province will enter a new phase of its reopening plan. Rules for this phase include:

    • No gathering in groups of more than 50 indoors
    • No gathering in groups of more than 100 outdoors
    • A maximum site capacity of 30% or 500 people (whichever is lower), for faith-based gatherings, movie theatres, and stage performances
    • A maximum occupancy of 30% for casinos
    • Easing of restrictions for visitors to personal care and long-term care homes
    • Anyone entering Manitoba from Ontario (except for Northwest Ontario), Québec, or the eastern provinces must self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba. Anyone arriving from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival in Manitoba.
    • Bars, restaurants, and certain other businesses are no longer required to operate with a reduced capacity, as long as they can maintain physical distance of 2 metres between customers.
    • There are some restrictions on travel north of the 53rd parallel. Anyone travelling to Northern Manitoba must respect any restrictions put in place by local communities and First Nations.

    The full list of changes in this new phase can be found here.

    For more information, and a list of exceptions to these orders, please visit the Government of Manitoba website here. Individuals who do not comply with the public health orders could be fined $486, and corporations that do not comply could be fined $2,542.

    The Government of Canada has also put an emergency order in place under the Quarantine Act that applies to travellers entering the country. 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.