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. These include:

    • 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.
    • Anyone entering Manitoba from Ontario (except for Northwest Ontario), Québec, or the eastern provinces must self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in Manitoba. People arriving from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut do not  need to self-isolate, as long as they are not showing any symptoms.
    • No travel north of the 53rd parallel or to remote communities. There are some exceptions, which can be found in the order here. Anyone travelling to Northern Manitoba must respect any additional restrictions put in place by local communities and First Nations.
    • No gathering in groups of more than 50 indoors, or in groups of more than 100 outdoors. There are some exceptions, which can be found in the August 24th order here.

    There may also be additional restrictions in place for health regions that have suffered large COVID outbreaks. In Winnipeg, as of October 19th, masks are required for all indoor public places, and both indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 5 people. 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 orders could be fined $1,296, and 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.