Manitoba Restoring Safe Services Phase 2

Most Phase 2 changes take effect on June 1st, 2020. We’ve collected the information most relevant to businesses and community groups in Lac du Bonnet. Please refer to Restoring Safe Services Roadmap for Recovery Phase 2 https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/restoring-safe-services-phase-2.pdf for the complete Phase 2 plan with some of the data that contributed to the Provinces decision making.

Let’s keep working hard to keep Lac du Bonnet safe. Follow the Provinces guidelines and recommendations to keep Manitoba’s curve flat.

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RESTAURANTS – Effective June 1

Change: Indoor capacity allowed at 50% of site capacity

  • Occupancy limits of 50% of normal business levels remain, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables.
  • Restaurants may reopen patios and indoor spaces at 50% capacity, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables.
  • Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

BARS, BEVERAGE ROOMS, BREW PUBS, MICRO-BREWERS AND DISTILLERIES – Effective June 1

Change: Patios and indoor spaces are allowed to operate at 50% of site capacity

  • Bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses may operate patio service at 50% of seating capacity and may reopen indoor spaces at 50% capacity, as long as tables and seating are arranged so that there is at least a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables.
  • These businesses must implement measures to ensure that members of the public are seated at a table, and are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Standing service is not allowed.
  • Dance floors and other common activity areas, such as pool tables, dartboards and video lottery terminals are to remain closed.

PERSONAL SERVICES BUSINESSES – Effective June 1

Change: Reopening of manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours

Occupancy limits of 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres will be in place. Manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours may reopen if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

The following guidelines should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff:

  • Staff shall undertake self-screening before they attend work and are to stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Inform clients that they are not allowed service if they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.
  • Screen all clients upon entry, and confirm that they are not experiencing any symptoms. People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to call Health Links-Info Santé.
  • Appointment times should be staggered to allow physical distancing, and clients should attend alone, without friends or family.
  • Provide pre-booked appointments only. Drop-ins are not permitted.
  • Keep client records and contact information 21 days or as per business policies/protocols, whichever is longer, to enable public health contact tracing, if needed.
  • Clients must perform hand hygiene by hand-washing with soap and water or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer when entering or leaving the facility. Equip the entry of the facility with hand sanitizer station or hand-wash station.
  • Both service providers and customers may wear non-medical masks, particularly when close touch or contact is involved.
  • Service providers may wear protective gloves and aprons when providing service, particularly when close touch or contact is involved.
  • Staff should perform hand hygiene before and after each client, and when they are putting on and removing personal protective equipment (mask, gloves).
  • Staff must perform hand hygiene by hand-washing with soap and water or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer after cleaning and sanitizing their workspace, equipment, instruments, other work-related materials, after going to the washroom, prior to preparing food or eating and when they are leaving work.
  • Maintain a minimum two-metre separation between individuals within the establishment, except for brief exchanges and while performing the service.
  • For personal services to the face where the client is unable to wear a non-medical mask, employees should wear a medical mask (surgical/procedural mask).
    • In addition, consider other options to have the client remove their face covering for brief periods during the service and positioning the employee so they can avoid being directly face-to-face across from the client (e.g. position to the side of the client).
  • Educate staff on physical distancing.
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry.
  • 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.
  • Floor markers may be installed to maintain the two-metre separation.
  • Equipment, instruments and material that cannot be disinfected between clients cannot be reused.
  • All surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized between clients.
  • All common touch surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized with
  • Health Canada approved disinfectant that kills viruses, including coronaviruses.
  • Washrooms must have frequent cleaning and sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place.
  • Magazine racks and toys should be removed and play areas in waiting rooms should be closed.
  • Onsite snack bars, coffee bars and other confectionery style counters should be closed.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.

OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES AND GOLF COURSES – Effective June 1

Change: Access to indoor facilities allowed.

Facilities may operate at normal capacity outdoors if the organization implements measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Indoor occupancy limits of 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres will be in place.

The following guidelines should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff at outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Develop site-specific plans, which should include enhanced/frequent cleaning and disinfection for bathroom facilities and any indoor space where congregation occurs.
  • Discourage attendance by staff and participants at higher risk of experiencing severe illness.
  • Manage entry to ensure that physical distancing is maintained and provide staff to monitor line-ups, maintain physical distancing and discourage congregations.
  • Display prominent public health messaging (e.g. frequent hand washing, stay home
  • if you’re sick and maintaining physical distancing).
  • Promote awareness and support staff to stay at home if sick. Consider a daily screening
  • questionnaire for staff, and possibly patrons.
  • Do not share equipment that cannot be disinfected between riders/users.
  • Recreational areas that have high-touch services (e.g., railings, safety bars, seat belts, tables,
  • etc.) which cannot easily be disinfected between each rider/user should remain closed.
  • Follow appropriate physical distancing guidelines at all times.
  • Where possible ensure contactless form of payment.
  • Food services should follow applicable restaurant guidelines.

The following guidelines should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff at golf courses:

  • Follow Phase One guidelines as per Manitoba’s Recovering Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery.
  • Discourage use of or close locker rooms. If used, limit time in the locker room and stagger entry times for groups.
  • Encourage individuals to shower at home and limit the use of the locker area.
  • Remove any common use items from locker rooms.
  • Post signage for guidance on open shower area use to maintain physical distancing.
  • If locker rooms are used, consider modifying their use in order to maintain physical distancing.
  • As well, a disinfectant spray or wipes should be available for participants to disinfect locker contact surfaces before and after use.
  • Enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfection of locker rooms will be required.
  • Follow applicable restaurant guidelines.

PUBLIC/PRIVATE SWIMMING POOLS, SPLASH PADS, SPAS, FITNESS CLUBS, GYMS AND TRAINING FACILITIES – Effective June 1

Change: Sites may reopen with capacity limitations

  • Public/Private indoor and outdoor swimming pools (private residential pools are not restricted), spas, fitness clubs and gyms may reopen if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These sites are required to limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower.
  • Splash pads operated by municipalities will be allowed to open if measures are in places to ensure compliance with occupancy requirements. Parents/caregivers watching children must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other, except for brief exchanges.
  • Group lessons may restart and locker rooms and showers (for pool facilities only) may reopen if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges. Any of these facilities affiliated with a professional sports team may not be open to the public.

The following guidelines should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff:

Gyms/Exercise/Training Facilities, Pools and Rinks

  • Patrons at higher risk of serious illness may consider waiting to return to these facilities.
  • Each facility should have a site plan for procedures.
  • Guidelines for facility entry include:
    • managing entry points to maintain physical distancing and ensure staff are present to control access. Discourage congregation within the facility;
    • using a booking system to reserve a block of time in advance, with time for cleaning and disinfecting of equipment by staff between blocks;
    • discouraging drop-in use. Establish measures to avoid groups congregating at entry for start times for classes/general use;
    • using contactless forms of payment; and
    • screening all patrons for symptoms and exposures using the screening posters or the online screening tool.
  • Guidelines for exercise spaces and equipment include:
    • ensuring signage is posted for physical distancing and instructions on cleaning equipment;
    • making hand hygiene stations available at entry and throughout facility;
    • not offering towel services;
    • cleaning equipment before and after using it. Ensure instructions and mechanisms in place for patrons to clean equipment safely. Gym staff should ensure thorough cleaning between blocks of gym use; and
    • increasing space between machines (or block off every other machine) to stay at minimum two metres apart.
    • Guidelines for pools include:
    • limit occupancy to 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres of pool surface area, whichever is lower.
    • closing saunas and steam rooms and only opening hot tubs if they can comply with guidelines of one person per 10 square metres;
    • ensuring signage is posted for physical distancing;
    • using staggered entry times for different groups; and
    • separate staff monitoring physical distancing and capacity in addition to lifeguards (if present).
  • Guidelines for locker room/washroom facilities include:
    • encouraging individuals to shower at home and limit use of locker area;
    • removing any common use items from locker rooms;
    • posting signage for guidance on shower area use to maintain physical distancing;
    • if locker rooms are used, consider modifying their use in order to maintain physical distancing.
    • making a disinfectant spray or wipes available for participants to disinfect locker contact surfaces before and after use; and
    • ensuring enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfection of locker rooms, as this will be required.
  • Guidelines for group classes include:
    • continuing to offer virtual classes or training where possible;
    • allowing group exercise classes if physical distancing of one participant per 10 square metres is maintained throughout the class;
    • allowing adequate time to disinfect equipment and surfaces before each class; and
    • not using shared equipment unless able to disinfect between users. Equipment that is difficult to clean, such as foam rollers and yoga blocks, should not be used.
    • Close group sports areas/courts that are not able to comply with guidelines for recreational sports.
    • Food service should follow restaurant guidelines.
    • Close customer self-serve drink stations, water dispensers and water fountains, unless able to disinfect between use.
    • Ensure other options available for water for patrons.
    • Staff can fill drink orders, but must not refill a used cup. Encourage patrons to bring their own bottled water.

COMMUNITY/SERVICE CENTRES – Effective June 1

Change: Sites may reopen with capacity limitations

Community centres and other multi-purpose facilities such as church basements, arenas and town halls can be reopened if they are used for classes and activities allowed in Phase Two and follow the specific guidelines provided for those classes/activities.

  • The maximum number of people permitted per site is 25, except where discrete groups of 25 can be segregated to prevent contact with other groups through the use of separate exits and/or staggered drop off schedules and monitoring access to the facility to avoid congestion.
  • Staff must be present at the entry to the facility, as well as within the facility, to monitor use and capacity. Use one entrance only.
  • All staff, volunteers and service users should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposures prior to allowing entry into the facility or before being allowed to participate in the activities.
  • Place signage at the entrance and throughout the facility to remind staff, volunteers, and service users of physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, and cough etiquette.
  • Ensure hand hygiene stations are available at entry and throughout the facility.
  • General guidance on physical distancing and disinfection/cleaning measures after each group must be followed. If washrooms are available for use, increased frequency of cleaning should occur.
  • Where possible, classes and activities should be moved to outdoors to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Discourage drop-in use where feasible due to difficulty monitoring numbers of people and ensuring physical distancing. If drop-ins required based on community needs, establish measures to avoid congregation and establish a process to monitor capacity.
  • Individuals at higher risk of serious illness may consider waiting to return to these facilities. Consider the benefits versus risks of group activities for higher risk groups (e.g. seniors).
  • Follow sector-specific advice for other activities within the facility such as restaurants, gyms, etc.

 

SENIOR CENTRES/CLUBS – Effective June 1

Seniors are at increased risk of more serious complications from COVID-19 disease. However, there are many services provided to this population that are critical for their physical and mental well-being. Any further delay to operations may result in harmful effects.

These guidelines, in addition to the general guidance that all groups need to follow, provides specific recommendations for senior centres or clubs to address their unique circumstances and ways to further decrease risk of COVID-19 transmission.

  • Seniors may consider waiting to return to these activities.
  • Staff/volunteers must be present at a single entry to the site to allow the organization to monitor use and capacity.
  • All staff, volunteers and participants should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposures before entering the facility or before being allowed to participate in activities.
  • Ensure strict policies are in place for participants, staff and volunteers who are ill.
  • Participants should be informed of physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, and cough etiquette. Place signs found at the highlighted links to remind staff, volunteers and participants of these measures, and ensure these are followed.
  • Discourage drop-in use where possible and ensuring physical distancing. If drop-ins are required based on community needs, establish measures to avoid congregation and establish process to monitor capacity.
  • Where possible, offer services with one-on-one interactions or in small groups.
  • Virtual opportunities should be explored for those who are not able to attend the facility, or who may prefer to access services from home.
  • Where group activities are necessary, consider further limiting group sizes from the allowed limit of 25 people indoors, to 10 to 15 people or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is fewer. This will further reduce the exposure of seniors to a large number of individuals.
  • Maintain lists of participants for 21 days to ensure appropriate public health follow-up can take place if a participant is exposed to COVID-19 during these activities.
  • Set-up space (e.g. chairs, tables) to allow for physical distancing.
  • Limit the amount of time of interactions and group activities.
  • Practice hand hygiene between interactions with individuals, and ensure hand hygiene stations are available for participants.
  • Activities related to access to information and education opportunities can resume as long as they follow the group size limitation, physical distancing requirements, hand hygiene, and cleaning/disinfection protocols.
  • Space out activities/classes to allow the cleaning/disinfection of commonly-touched areas.
  • Health clinics for seniors run by health care providers can resume if they follow guidelines for primary care.
  • Fitness programs and social activities run by these groups should prioritize outdoor settings over indoor settings where possible. Activities that do not involve shared material/equipment should be prioritized. If shared equipment is required, consider only using those that can be thoroughly cleaned between use. Playing cards is not a recommended activity due to common handling by multiple participants during games and the inability to thoroughly clean cards between use.
  • If meals are served with any of these activities, individually wrapped meals should be provided rather than family-style servings. Congregate meals continue to be discouraged as part of Phase Two. Beverages can be served by a single staff or volunteer to avoid multiple people touching the same items. Refills of beverages should not be offered at this time.
  • Enhanced disinfection/cleaning measures must be in place at the site where services are being provided. If washrooms are available for use, increased frequency of cleaning should occur.

PHASE ONE RESTRICTIONS – NO CHANGE

The following services remain open with the same restrictions implemented in Phase One with no change.

RETAIL BUSINESSES

Occupancy limits of 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres remain. These businesses may continue to operate if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

HAIR STYLISTS/BARBERS

Occupancy limits of 50% of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres remain. Hairstylists/barbers may operate if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. The limitations on services to hair washes, cuts, colouring and styling are lifted.

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND LIBRARIES

Museums, galleries and libraries may continue to operate if the organization implements measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. High touch exhibitions must remain closed.

PARKS, CAMPGROUNDS, YURTS AND VACATION CABINS

Parks, campgrounds, yurts and vacation cabins may remain open if people maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

The following guidelines should be followed by patrons, volunteers and staff:

Guidelines for Beaches:

  • Beaches are open to all members of the public.
  • Beach capacity should be managed to maintain a minimum of 12 feet/four metres distance between toweling/beach blanket groups and with one household per group.
  • Individuals from different households should maintain physical distance of six feet/two metres outdoors, indoors, in the sand and in the water.
  • Towels, beach toys, food and other items should not be shared between members of different households.
  • Parking lots and the beach should be managed to limit beach capacity to accommodate adequate social distancing based on an assessment by the beach manager.
  • Picnic areas should be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained and if sanitization cannot be performed between use.
  • Lifeguards/beach safety officers/staff at lifeguard stands should maintain physical distancing from the public except in case of emergency.

Admissions/Contact Stations/Rentals

  • Admission/entry transactions are encouraged to be non-contact in nature, such as online transactions.
  • Any necessary visitors-staff interactions should be in accordance with social distancing.
  • All rental equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between each use. If this is not possible then rental should not be allowed. Masks and snorkels should not be rented.

Restrooms, Comfort Stations, Showers

  • Managers should ensure that users can abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a six-foot distance in all restroom facilities.
  • The managing entity should plan for enhanced cleaning/disinfection of these facilities, daily to multiple times a day if possible.
  • Restroom facilities should contain adequate hand washing and/or sanitizer stations.
  • Avoid using public facilities to change clothes or to shower if possible, and perform these activities in your own home.
  • Close water fountains and water refill stations and bring water from home if possible. If water refill stations are open, there must be a handwashing or hand sanitization area available immediately beside the refill station.
  • Food services should follow restaurant protocols and guidelines.