Manitoba Multiphase Re-Opening

The Province of Manitoba announced its multi-phased reopening. Phase One begins on May 4th. The province will continue with the other phases if conditions are met and there are no outbreaks of the Coronavirus. We’ll cover the main highlights here.

For complete details visit the Government of Manitoba Restoring Safe Service Plan.

Along with our channels, other valuable information resources are the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and Community Futures Winnipeg River.

The Basics of the Plan

Each phase will require a period of a minimum of three to four weeks to observe the results of the previous phase and to make determinations about acceptable next steps.

Phase One May 4th, 2020

  • retail businesses
  • restaurants – patio/walk-up services
  • hair salons
  • museums, galleries and libraries
  • outdoor recreation and campgrounds
  • seasonal day camps
  • therapeutic and medical services
  • non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures

Phase Two – No Earlier than June 1st, 2020

Critical public health measures and travel restrictions may remain in place. Public gathering size may be increased and more non-essential businesses will be considered for reopening, including:

  • additional personal services, such as nail salons
  • restaurants – dine-in services
  • non-contact children’s sports
  • film production

Future Phases

Public health measures may be eased further. Additional guidelines will be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential businesses will fully open. Others may begin to reopen, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may be eased.

Considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made including:

  • other non-essential businesses
  • tattoo parlours
  • estheticians
  • cosmetologists
  • tanning studios
  • performing arts venues
  • large gatherings/events

Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020.

Retail Businesses

May 4, retail businesses such as clothing and shoe stores, jewellers, tailors, flower shops, sporting good/adventure stores, vaping supply shops, boat dealers, ATV and snowmobile dealers, gift, book and stationery stores, jewelry and accessory stores, toy stores, music, electronic and entertainment stores, pawnshops, pet groomers and similar businesses may reopen if occupancy levels are maintained in order to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that has been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means.

Guidelines that must be Followed

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Staff are given information about physical distancing. Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where service is provided or lines form
  • Entry into the business, including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas – congregation of people should be actively discouraged
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible

Restaurants – Patio & Walkup Service

May 4, public food establishments such as restaurants, cafeterias, cafes and similar businesses will remain closed, except for delivery, take-out and patio or walk-up food service. Patrons must maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that has been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means.

Guidelines that must be followed

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Staff is provided information about physical distancing
  • Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where service is provided or lines form
  • Entry into the business, including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas or at one table
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Sitting or standing at counters is not allowed unless a two metre separation between groups can be maintained
  • A distance of two metres/six feet is required between tables
  • No buffet service will be allowed. Food and drinks are delivered to directly to patrons
  • Surfaces such as tables, chairs and booths are cleaned between customers
  • Table items, such as condiments, menus, napkins and décor, should be removed unless they can be cleaned between customers
  • Drink refills are not allowed
  • Cups, straws and lids should be behind a counter and handed to customers, self-service is not permitted
  • Self-service condiments should be removed. Refillable or reusable containers are not allowed
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible

Hair Stylists & Barbers

May 4, hairstylists/barbers may reopen if businesses maintain an occupancy level to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except when receiving services or brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders.

Services will be limited to hair washes, cuts, colouring and styling. No other personal services will be allowed. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means.

Guidelines that must be Followed

  • Staff and clients must use the self-screening tool before booking an appointment
  • Employees must stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Clients are screened by telephone before an appointment is booked and are not given an appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms
  • People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to call Health Links-Info Santé
  • Appointment times are staggered to allow physical distancing, and clients should attend alone, without friends or family
  • Staff is provided information about physical distancing
  • Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where services are offered or lines form
  • Entry into the business; including lines and waiting areas, are regulated to prevent congestion
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas – congregation of people should be actively discouraged
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use
  • Clients must sanitize hands upon entry to the facility
  • Workstations are kept two metres apart and are sanitized between patrons
  • Equipment, instruments and material that cannot be disinfected between clients cannot be reused
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Magazine racks and toys are removed and play areas in waiting rooms are closed
  • Onsite snack bars, coffee bars and other confectionery style counters are closed
  • Both service providers and customers may wear non-medical masks, particularly when close touch or contact is involved
  • Service providers may wear protective gloves when providing service particularly when close touch or contact is involved
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible

Outdoor Recreational Facilities & Golf Courses

May 4, playgrounds, skate parks, golf courses, tennis courts, driving ranges and other similar recreation facilities may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower.

These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders. Businesses may continue to provide goods by delivery or pick-up that have been ordered online, by telephone or other remote means.

Guidelines that must be Followed

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • The staff is provided with information on physical distancing. Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, and floor markings are installed where service is offered or lines form
  • Clients are screened by telephone before a tee-time is booked and are prevented from booking if they have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Entry into the business including lines is regulated to prevent congestion
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas. Congregation of people should be actively discouraged
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Staff and clients may wear non-medical masks
  • A maximum of four golfers per group is allowed and one person per golf cart, or two people from the same household. Pins on greens remain in the hole at all times during play
  • Public use items, such as ball-washing stations and water fountains, are closed or removed
  • Recreation areas, such as dance floors, pool tables and other areas, are closed
  • Restaurants must follow the same guidelines as other restaurants
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible

Parks, Campgrounds, Yurts and Vacation Cabins

May 4, parks, campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins may open if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. This requirement will be enforceable under the public health order.

Guidelines that must be Followed

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work
  • Employees must stay home when ill and customers are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • The staff is provided information on physical distancing
  • Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, and floor markings are installed where service is offered or lines form.
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry
  • No more than 10 people may gather in common areas – congregation of people should be actively discouraged
  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits for public and staff use
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Users must bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other personal hygiene products to provincial campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins
  • People who are travelling to a campground, yurt or vacation cabin must:
    • bring required prescription drugs and medical supplies before travel
    • gas up before leaving home
    • pack out what was packed in and leave no trace
    • wear water shoes or sandals while using shower facilities
    • does not use local health providers, unless it is an emergency
  • The staff and users may wear non-medical masks
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible

Day Camps

Day camps may operate if they maintain occupancy and activity levels that allow people to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. The maximum number of children per site is 16. Overnight camps are not permitted.

Guidelines that must be Followed

  • Staff must use the self-screening tool before coming into work
  • Employees must stay home when ill and clients are not allowed entry if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Screening must occur each day at drop off. No children with symptoms will be allowed to attend
  • Child care centre sanitation and infection prevention guidelines must be followed. For detailed information https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/resources/pubs/infection_control.pdf
  • Staff are given information on social distancing. Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, and floor markings are installed where lines form
  • Sites must use separate exits, develop staggered drop off schedules and ensure no contact throughout the day with other groups

Museums, Galleries & Libraries

May 4, museums, galleries and libraries may reopen if the organization can maintain an occupancy level to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. All organizations will be required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders.

Guidelines that must be Followed

High-touch displays must remain closed

Staff and patrons use the self-screening tool before attending

Online ticket sales are used where possible

Employees must stay home if ill with COVID-19 symptoms

Organizations must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols

Staff are given information about physical distancing and floor markings are installed where service is offered or lines form

Entry into venues including lines is regulated to prevent congestion

Organizations must maintain a single point of entry

Hand sanitizer must be available at entrances and exits for public and staff use

Washrooms must have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place

Both staff and patrons may wear non-medical masks

Cashless or no-contact payment be used to the greatest extent possible

Sites can use outdoor space to allow for physical distancing. Sites may adjust to allow for self-guided tours or app-based self-guided tours instead of using shared headsets or live guides.

Therapeutic or Healthcare

May 4, and at the further direction of their respective regulatory bodies, regulated health professionals, such as dentists, dental hygienists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists will no longer be limited to providing urgent and emergent care.

In addition, individuals who provide therapeutic massage and acupuncture services may resume providing those services.

Clients must maintain a distance of at least two metres, except when receiving service or for brief exchanges. All businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. These requirements will be enforceable under public health orders.

Guidelines that must be Followed

  • Staff, patients or people attending with patients must use the self-screening tool before booking an appointment
  • Employees must stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Staff is provided information about physical distancing
  • Entry into the business; including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion
  • Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where service is provided or lines form
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry
  • Patients and people who may attend with patients are screened by telephone before an appointment is booked and are not given an appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms
  • People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to call Health Links-Info Santé.
  • Waiting room management strategies must be in place. Strategies should include waiting in the car if possible, and physical distancing for those in the waiting room. No more than 10 people may gather in common areas
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance/exit for patient and staff use
  • Patients and people attending with patients must sanitize hands upon entry to the facility
  • Work/service areas are sanitized after each patient
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place
  • Magazine racks and toys are removed and play areas in waiting rooms are closed
  • Patients may wear masks when receiving services, where possible
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible