Manitoba made major changes to its public health orders which came into effect Tuesday, October 5.
As of October 5:
Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age and older to attend private and public indoor and outdoor gatherings. For large-scale gatherings, the digital or physical Manitoba Immunization Card, which includes QR code, must be scanned when a person presents their QR code. This also includes a screenshot or a print-out of the QR code.
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RCMP: RCMP detachments are open, although some are reducing or suspending certain services. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local detachment for details. Contact information for local detachments can be found here.
Winnipeg Police Service: The service centre at police headquarters (245 Smith St.) reopened to the public on June 22 to allow Winnipeggers to file police reports in person daily between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
In-person criminal record/police information checks and non-criminal fingerprinting is available between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Criminal record checks can start the process via online portal.
Other service centre locations remain closed and do not accept walk-in complaints or inquiries.
Members of the public are encouraged to use online reporting and use the police non-emergency number (204-986-6222) for non-emergency calls for service.
Hit and run car accidents can now be reported online. People can also use virtual police response to video conference with officers; the service is available for non-domestic assaults and robberies where the suspect is unknown (and that are not in progress), and non-domestic theft, mischief and damage reports with a known suspect.
For the latest information on city services, visit the City of Winnipeg website.
Proof of vaccination is required, excluding youth participants in recreational sport. All spectators aged 18 and up also need to be fully immunized. Parents and coaches require proof of vaccination. All indoor group activities permitted with no capacity limits on participants. This includes games, practices, competitions/ tournaments, day camps, rehearsals and recitals.
Archives: The City of Winnipeg Archives, located at 50 Myrtle St., has reopened its research room. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 204-986-5325 or emailing email@example.com. Where possible, records may be electronically provided. Some archives services can be accessed online.
Bilingual Service Centre: Closed. Visit city hall for in-person service, or contact 311.
City Clerk: Open to the public.
City Hall: The 311 customer service counter and city clerk’s department front counter have reopened to the public. The Council Building reopens to the public under limited circumstances on July 28, including appearing as a delegation and meeting by appointment with elected officials. Council is continuing to hold electronic meetings of Council and Committees of Council which can be watched on the city's YouTube channel.
Community centres: Check with individual community centres for hours and details. Find your community centre.
Downtown skywalks: Open for weekday access between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Skywalks are closed on weekends. The underground concourse at Portage and Main is open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Fitness and Leisure Centres:
Proof of vaccination will be required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity
Admission blocks for these facilities were available for booking as of September 2. All programming will follow public health guidelines and is subject to change to reflect updates to the provincial public health orders. See the city's site for details.
Inspections: Interior residential property inspections resumed Sept. 7, 2021. Inspections can also be completed by photo or over the phone through the alternate video inspections program.
Commercial in-person inspections of unoccupied dwellings, new construction, and alterations in existing buildings, are subject to COVID-19 pre-screening at time of inspection requests and at time of inspection.
Libraries: May open without restrictions. Mask use is required.
Parking: The Parking Store is closed to the public. Services are availble online or by calling 311. Until Sept. 31, 2021, the city is offering one-hour complimentary parking at all on-street metered locations throughout Winnipeg, and relaxed enforcement of one- and two-hour time limits on residential streets, except around Deer Lodge Centre.
Parks: City parks, dog parks, playgrounds and athletic fields are open.
Permits: The city's zoning and permits branch is not accepting walk-in customers and are not available for in-person customer service. Building permit applications are available online.
Pools: Spray pads, outdoor pools and wading pools are open for the season. Washrooms at spray pads are not available for use. Swiming lessons are being offered at outdoor pools.
Trails and pathways: Open.
Transit: Masks continue to be mandatory on all buses and in Winnipeg Transit Plus vehicles.
Water and Waste: The city will begin scheduling appointments for utility services at residential properties -- including water-meter inspections, returns, removals and replacements, and on-site meter reading -- on Aug. 16, 2021. Appointments will be scheduled on or after Sept. 7, 2021. The city is continuing to suspend water turn-offs.
Weddings: Outdoor wedding resume July 30 at the pre-pandemic capacity of 25 people.
Child care: Day camps may open without restriction.
Overnight camps may operate with restrictions:
The number of camp and staff in a group does not exceed 15;
There is no interaction between groups; and,
The camp operates within a plan approved by public health.
Family child-care homes and child-care centres can open and operate in accordance with applicable legislation: COVID-19 Early Learning and Child Care Practice Guidance (pdf) A revised Coronavirus (COVID-19) Early Learning and Child Care Practice Guidance document with technical information will be distributed within the next few weeks to reflect the new public health directives.
Education: As of Sept. 7, masks will be recommended, rather than required in schools. Cohorting of groups of no more than 75 will only be obligatory among students who are in Grade 6 or younger, since those pupils are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. As for physical distancing, schools are expected to encourage it to the greatest extent possible.
Employment and Income Assistance: EIA clients are asked to contact staff through the call centre whenever possible at 204-948-2888 (inside Winnipeg) or 1-855-944-8111 (toll-free, outside Winnipeg). Clients can also email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org. In-person services are available for people in an emergency or crisis or who cannot access a phone or internet service. See the EIA website for more details.
Health: Patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgery is affected.
Health, Seniors and Active Living: Registration and client services office at 300 Carlton St. is closed to the public. Staff continue to register people for Manitoba health coverage and Manitoba Pharmacare benefits through email, phone, fax and mail. Forms and contact information can be found online.
Hydro: Manitoba Hydro offices are closed to the public, including the cash counter at 360 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg. Indoor residential meter readings have been suspended. See hydro's website for a detailed list of changes to other services.
Labour: Most hearings and case management is being conducted by videoconference. Offices remain closed for public inquiries. See the Manitoba Labour Board website for the latest details.
Licence suspensions: In-person hearings open.
Manitoba Public Insurance: Service centres have resumed regular hours. Booking of most knowledge and road tests has resumed.
Provincial Parks: Open.
Rent: The Residential Tenancies Board is closed to walk-in traffic. To make an appoinment, call 204-945-2476. See the latest COVID-19 updates for landlords and tenants.
Student Aid: Manitoba Student Aid will reopen for in-person appointments on Sept. 7, in time for the upcoming school year. Digital options for repayment will still be available, including an electronic version of the repayment assistance plan application. Those visiting in person will be required to follow current public health guidelines. Repayment assistance plan applications will be prioritized for students affected by the wildfires who are having difficulty repaying their loans. More information can be found on the Manitoba Student Aid website.
Trials and hearings have resumed at all levels of court in Manitoba. Some trials and hearings are proceeding by video or audio conference.
Members of the public and those entering court facilities in Winnipeg are required to wear non-medical masks, except in a courtroom when the presiding judge says otherwise.
See the Manitoba Courts website for the latest updates.
Art Galleries: Open to 50 per cent capacity regardless of vaccination status.
Assiniboine Park Zoo: Open.
Bars: There are no group limits for indoor and outdoor dining, no capacity limits or separation requirements between tables and immunization cards will not be required to access services. Guests must remain seated as much as possible and patrons should maintain two-metre distance whenever they are away from their table. Operating hours will no longer be restricted.
Bell MTS Place: Concert programming planned for the fall. See their site for details of specific events.
Bingo halls: There will be no capacity limits at bingo halls, however they are limited to immunized people only.
Concert halls and theatres: Proof of vaccination will be required for movie theatres and concert halls - they may open with no other restrictions. Unvaccinated children under 12 may attend if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated household members.
Casinos: May open with proof of vaccination required. Physical distancing is no longer required between VLTs.
Dance, theatre and music schools: Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth participants. All spectators aged 18 and up will also need to be fully immunized. Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination. All indoor group activities permitted with no capacity limits on participants. This includes competitions/ tournaments, day camps, rehearsals and recitals.
Gyms and fitness centres: Proof of vaccination will be required. Masks remain required when not actively engaged in physical activity.
Manitoba Children's Museum: The Children’s Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed Monday through Thursday.
Manitoba Museum: Reopened Aug. 5. See their site for details.
Movie theatres: Proof of vaccination will be required for movie theatres - they may open with no other restrictions..
Museums: May operate under the requirement to show proof of vaccination (indoors only) when open to the public as a museum. If the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply.
Prairie Theatre Exchange: 2021/22 season begins Oct. 13. See their site for details.
Rec Room: Open with capacity limits. See their site for details.
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: 2021/22 season begins Nov. 25. See their site for details.
Theatre Projects Manitoba: Online and On the Land 2021 runs June through November 2021. See their site for details.
West End Cultural Centre: Online and live performances scheduled for the fall. See their site for details.
Winnipeg Art Gallery: Open Tuesday to Sunday and operating at 50 per cent capacity. The WAG and Quamajuq require all staff and visitors wear masks while inside. See their site for details.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: 2021/22 season starts in the fall. See their site for details.
Weddings and funerals: Permitting indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Effective October 12, 2021. Outdoor weddings and funerals are limited to 50 people, or if an outdoor venue has a capacity limit, the allowed capacity is 50 per cent or 150 people, whichever is greater.
Community, cultural and religious gatherings: Indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater, are permitted for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. Physical distancing is required. Outdoors groups of up to 50 people are permitted in uncontrolled outdoor public spaces. Physical distancing is required. Fully immunized people and those under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine may gather without capacity limits. Drive-in services continue unrestricted.
ComicCon: Postponed until Oct. 29-31, 2021.
Grey Owl Golf Tournament: Cancelled.
Manitoba Ag Days: Cancelled.
Morden Corn and Apple Festival: Cancelled.
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival: Cancelled.
Winnipeg Folk Festival: Cancelled, but the festival is planning programming in the fall. See their site for details.
May open as long as the business implements measures outlined in the public health order.
Regulated health professionals including dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists are open.
Regulated personal services: Regulated professions, such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, and athletic therapists, can provide services.
Non-regulated health services: Such as pedorthists and reflexologists, can open with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.
Hair salons and barbers: Open.
Personal service businesses such as manicures, pedicures, electrolysis not performed by a health professional are open.
Self-help groups: Indoor and outdoor gathering limits apply.
Therapeutic care services: Such as regulated professions like physician/dentist offices, massage therapists and athletic therapists, as well as non-regulated health services, such as pedorthists and reflexologists, can make their own decisions about mask requirements as they are a private business.
Tattoo studios: Open.
Corn mazes, haunted houses and other seasonal outdoor facilities or events may operate if everyone attending provides proof of immunization, or are under 12 years of age.
Outdoor fairs, festivals and other outdoor major community events may be held if the number of persons attending does not exceed 50 persons
Assiniboine Park: Outdoor exhibits open.
Community centres: May open subject to rules for indoor and outdoor facilities. Check with individual community centres for hours and details.
FortWhyte Alive: Open
Indoor sports and recreation facilities: Proof of vaccination will be required, excluding youth participants in recreational sport. All spectators aged 18 and up will also need to be fully immunized. Parents and coaches will require proof of vaccination. All indoor group activities permitted with no capacity limits on participants. This includes games, practices, competitions/ tournaments, day camps, rehearsals and recitals.
Living Prairie Museum: Interpretive centre is closed, but trails are open.
National Parks: Riding Mountain National Park is open.
Outdoor drive-in events: Permitted, as long as people in each vehicle are from the same household, and they stay inside their vehicle at all times and do not interact with people outside the vehicle.
Outdoor sports and recreation: No capacity limits for participants. Includes games, practices, competitions/ tournaments, day camps, rehearsals and recitals. Spectator capacity limited to 50 per cent of the capacity of a place. This includes other teams who are not active on the field of play (ex: at a tournament) and spectators should maintain a two-metre distance whenever reasonably possible.
Outdoor pools: Open, including splash pads and wading pools.
Provincial parks: Open.
Trails and pathways: Open.
Retail capacity is permitted at 50 per cent in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region.
Retail capacity is permitted at 100 per cent in the Interlake-Eastern, Northern, Prairie Mountain and Winnipeg health regions.
May open provided the operator of the business takes actions to ensure two metres of separation of customers. Masks are required indoors.
Food courts must follow the rules set out for restaurants in the public health order.
Proof of vaccination is required for those 12 years of age and older to attend indoor and outdoor dining.
Food courts must follow these same regulations.
Individuals are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders.
Individuals are required to wear masks.
Professional outdoor sports, outdoor performing arts events and concert halls may open for fully immunized (two doses and two weeks post second dose) to a maximum of 100 per cent. Unvaccinated children 12 and under may attend/visit these events if accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.
Assiniboia Downs: Live racing Monday to Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Open to 100 per cent for fully immunized people, with a plan approved by public health. Unvaccinated children under 12 may attend if accompanied by fully vaccinated household members.
Auto racing: Open to 100 per cent for fully immunized people, with a plan approved by public health. Unvaccinated children under 12 may attend if accompanied by fully vaccinated household members.
Hockey Winnipeg: Cancelled.
Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League: Cancelled.
Manitoba Moose: 2021/22 season begins Oct. 16.
Valour FC: Up to 2,000 fans allowed at IG Field.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will continue to require the use of face coverings in indoor locations at IG Field.
Winnipeg Goldeyes: The team returns to Shaw Park in Winnipeg on Aug. 3. Mask use is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Winnipeg High School Hockey League: Cancelled.
Winnipeg Ice: 2021/22 season begins Oct. 1.
Winnipeg Jets: 2021/22 season opens Oct. 14 in Anaheim; home opener at the recently renamed Canada Life Centre, also against Anaheim, on Oct. 21.
Manitoba Open: Cancelled.
Fully vaccinated (two doses) individuals can now travel within Canada without being required to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days upon arrival back in the province.
14 days of self-isolation (quarantine), is still required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions if they are not fully vaccinated. For information on current exemptions, visit: Self-isolation Exemptions.
CAA Manitoba: Services continue to be offered by phone and online. Roadside service continues.
Richardson International Airport: Open. Check arrivals and departures.
International travel: Individuals who travelled internationally must follow federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements. For information on current exemptions, visit: Self-isolation Exemptions.
U.S. travel: The United States has extended land border restrictions to Canadians until Aug. 21. Canadians can cross land borders into the U.S. only for essential reasons. Canadians who wish to travel to the U.S. can still do so by air but must submit a negative COVID-19 test three days prior to departure or proof from a licensed health-care provider that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
Effective Aug. 9, American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated, are permitted to enter Canada for discretionary travel.
Domestic travel: All domestic travellers who are not exempt from quarantine in the orders are strongly advised to get two COVID-19 tests -- one on the day of arrival, and another on the 10th day after arriving in Manitoba regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the province.
They should make an appointment with a provincial testing site or visit a drive-thru test site and indicate at the time of testing that they have been out of Manitoba and share the location of travel. Travellers, who are not exempt from quarantine, must observe the full 14-day self-isolation (quarantine) period regardless of symptoms and test results. Re-testing is advised if an asymptomatic individual develops symptoms at any point, unless the individual had already tested positive. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have had close contact to a traveller should identify this contact to public health during the public health investigation and follow-up. Unvaccinated people in certain circumstances are not required to quarantine for 14 days; a list is available here.
Testing as a result of domestic travel is not required for individuals who are exempt from quarantine in the provincial public health orders.
Travel in Manitoba: Travel north of the 53rd parallel is not permitted. Some exemptions apply, including Manitobans who live in that region, employees of critical businesses, government officials and health care providers. For more information on other requirements and exemptions, read the public health order or see the additional restrictions.
Travel to communities that are not connected to the provincial highway system by a year-round all-weather road (remote communities) is not permitted. Some exemptions apply, including Manitobans who live in that region, employees of critical businesses, government officials and health care providers. For more information on other requirements and exemptions, read the public health order or see the additional restrictions.
Manitobans should not travel between regions under different public health restrictions except for essential purposes. For example, those living in a region where retail stores are limited to selling essential-only items should not travel to a region that has fewer restrictions on retail to halt the spread of the virus and keep those in each region safe.
Public health officials strongly recommend that COVID-19 testing occur before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours. Testing is recommended for individuals who have not received any or an incomplete series of vaccine.
Winnipeg Transit: City buses are running. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.
Winnipeg Transit Plus: Resumed appointments for in-person assessments.