Manitoba Protection Plan

State of Emergency and Public Health Orders

NEW Last updated: November 23, 2021


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Current Public Health Orders

Manitoba’s state of emergency ended on October 21, 2021. Public health orders, COVID-19 vaccinations, mask requirements and many other measures remain in place to help protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Self-Isolation and Contact Tracing

The self-isolation order continues to require that anyone entering Manitoba, regardless of whether it was from another country or another province must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days until such time as the orders are terminated by the chief provincial public health officer.

International travellers arriving in Manitoba must follow Federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements.

  • Effective August 28, 2020, public health orders will require Manitobans to isolate / self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days if:
    • they have tested positive for COVID-19; or
    • they have been exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact.
  • Individuals will be notified by a public health official if isolation / self-isolation (quarantine) is required.
  • Once notified, the person must go to their residence or an approved isolation / self-isolation (quarantine) location and remain there for 14 days, or until they are directed otherwise by a public health official.
  • Exceptions will be made for in-person appointments with health care providers. However, if an individual leaves their home, they must wear masks, maintain physical distancing and minimize the time away from their self-isolation (quarantine) location.
  • Failure to self-isolate in accordance with public health advice is a violation of the order and is enforceable under the Public Health Act. Individuals could be subject to fines for non-compliance.
  • Exemptions may apply

For more information, please view the order.

Travel and Self-isolation

As per the public health order, 14 days of self-isolation (quarantine) is required for all individuals returning to or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions, unless the individual is exempt in the order from quarantine.

Individuals who travelled internationally must go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for the remainder of their 14 days from the date of arrival to Canada upon arriving in Manitoba, unless the individual is exempt in the order from quarantine. The days in self-isolation (quarantine) at port of entry count towards the 14 day period.

All travellers who are not exempt from quarantine are strongly advised get two COVID-19 tests -- one on the day of arrival, and another on the 10th day after arriving in Manitoba no matter if they are showing symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the country. International travellers must follow federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements.

People who are not exempt under the orders and have been travelling to other places in Canada (domestic travellers) 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 travelled and share the location of travel. Travellers must observe the full 14-day self-isolation 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.

Travellers who are exempt from mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following their arrival to Manitoba. If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

Effective Friday, March 19th, 2021, 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 not routinely recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 AND two weeks have passed since their last dose*.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca vaccines, or
  • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, or
  • two weeks after receiving one additional mRNA dose for individuals arriving in Manitoba with one or two doses of a non-Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine (regardless of WHO authorised status).

Testing should not be done in individuals with a previous lab-confirmed COVID-19

Note: Individual First Nation communities may have further testing guidance in place that should be followed for all people traveling into those communities, including those who are fully immunized.

Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19, including those fully immunized, travelling to, or returning to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community can seek testing within three days of travel at no cost at the following locations. For hours and appointment information, visit the COVID-19 testing site.

  • Winnipeg:
    • Garry Centre - 330 Garry St.
    • Thunderbird House - 715 Main St
    • MPI Drive-Thru Testing site - 125 King Edward St
  • Thompson:
    • Thompson Clinic Testing Centre - Plaza Mall
  • The Pas:
    • The Pas Testing Centre - 328 Fischer Ave

Provided they have no symptoms, individuals seeking testing prior to travel, or return to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community do not need to self-isolate (quarantine) while waiting for their test result. However, they are encouraged to continue self-monitoring for symptoms, using the online screening tool, for 14 days after arriving in community.

Even if an individual receives a negative test result, they need to continue to follow all public health measures including limiting non-household close contacts, wearing masks in indoor public places, following physical distancing measures, and practicing frequent hand hygiene.

If individuals develop symptoms after receiving negative test results they need to immediately isolate and be re-tested.

Self Isolation Exemptions:

Non-essential travel is still discouraged at this time.

Exemptions exist for certain critical needs like health care and transporting important goods and services.

If individuals do not have symptoms, exemptions to mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) include:

  • Manitoba residents who regularly cross the provincial to tend to their property for essential purposes if they restrict their travel to the minimum required for the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local services;
  • Individuals who have completed a full series of COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have passed at the time of their arrival since their last dose. This exemption includes children who are not eligible for the vaccine based on age, if all individuals they travelled with are fully immunized (New June 12, 2021);
  • health care providers;
  • persons transporting goods and materials into or out of the province;
  • aircraft and train crew members;
  • persons providing vital services (i.e. police officers, emergency service personnel, corrections officers, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, social service workers and elected officials and their staffs);
  • persons travelling directly through the province if they only stop in Manitoba to obtain gasoline, food or other necessities;
  • persons travelling into Manitoba for emergency medical purposes;
  • persons travelling into Manitoba to facilitate shared parenting arrangements;
  • players, coaches, managers, training and technical staff and medical personnel employed by, or affiliated with, a professional hockey team based in Manitoba;
  • cast, crew and other persons directly involved in a film production;
  • persons who reside outside of Manitoba and are responsible for construction or maintenance of critical infrastructure;
  • Manitoba residents who regularly cross the provincial border for work, attend school, access health services, tend to their property or business or for other essential purposes if they restrict their travel to the minimum required for the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local services;
  • persons who reside outside of Manitoba and are engaged in construction or maintenance of any building, structure or other project in Manitoba and the failure to complete the project would create a threat to people, property and the environment;
  • persons travelling to Manitoba to participate in a trial or other judicial proceedings;
  • international travellers who have completed a period of isolation elsewhere in Canada and travel directly to Manitoba immediately after their isolation period ends;
  • persons traveling to Manitoba to visit a family member or friend in a health care facility with a life-threatening illness or injury must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days but can visit their friend or family member in the isolation period if the health care facility authorizes the visit and the person visiting is not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19;
  • persons traveling to Manitoba to attend a funeral of a family member or friend must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days, but can attend the funeral during the self-isolation period if they are not displaying ay symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • persons traveling to Manitoba to care for a seriously ill family member or friend must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days. However, if the person is not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, they can complete their required isolation at the residence of the seriously ill person and provide care to that individual, or can provide care to that individual during the isolation period.

Any critical worker who leaves the province for non-critical travel (travel not related to their critical worker duties) must self-isolate (quarantine) upon their return for 14 days, unless otherwise exempt in the order. Note: critical workers who leave for non-critical international travel should follow Federal testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements.

Critical workers are defined as those providing vital services in Manitoba, such as health care providers, police officers, emergency services personnel, corrections officers, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, social service workers and elected officials and their staff. In addition to critical workers, there are other exemptions to travel restrictions as per 2(1) of the public health order.

Individuals who are exempted from mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following their arrival to Manitoba. If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Individuals can also connect with their workplace's occupational safety and health unit.

Routine Rapid Testing of Unvaccinated Front-Line Public Servants

Requirements for routine rapid testing of unvaccinated front-line public servants comes into effect on October 18, 2021. A public health order requires all provincial employees who have direct and ongoing or prolonged contact with vulnerable populations to either be fully vaccinated, or to comply with strict testing procedures.

For more information on requirements for routine vaccination and testing visit: Rapid Testing for Public Servants

Travel to Cottages or Second Properties

  • Manitobans should still limit travel to essential purposes only.
  • Manitoba currently has a Northern Manitoba travel restriction in place.  If your cottage or second property is in Northern Manitoba, read the order.
  • self-isolation order is in effect for anyone returning to or entering Manitoba, with some exemptions for essential workers and fully vaccinated individuals.
  • If you choose to visit a cottage or second property outside of Manitoba for essential purposes, to be exempt from Manitoba’s self-isolation order, you must:

Orders Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba

Updated Thursday, June 10, 2021

In effect since October 13, 2020, details will be provided on the Pandemic Response System.

For detailed information, view the orders.

Current Public Health Orders


November 22, 2021 - Order Under The Regulated Health Professions Act (Rapid Testing) (pdf)

November 12, 2021 - General COVID-19 Prevention Order (pdf)

September 24, 2021 - Orders Requiring Vaccination or Testing for Designated Persons (pdf)

June 10, 2021 - Self-Isolation Orders for Persons Entering Manitoba (pdf)

June 10, 2021 - Orders Under the Public Health Act (Self-Isolation and Contact Tracing) - COVID-19 Prevention Orders (pdf)

June 10, 2021 - Orders Under the Public Health Act - Travel to Northern and Remote Communities (pdf)

May 3, 2021 - Public Health Orders Personal Care Home Operation Order

April 20, 2021 - Public Health Orders Orders Restricting Staff Movement at Personal Care Homes

October 2, 2020 - Order re Temporary Suspension of In-Person Commissioning and Witnessing Provisions,renewal (2) (pdf)

October 1, 2020 - Order re Temporary Suspension of Corporate Meeting Provisions (2), renewal (pdf)

September 10, 2020
News Release:
Province Renews Nine Emergency Measures Act Orders as Part of COVID-19 Response

May 14, 2020 - Additional Enforcement Personnel Regulation

Enforcement Information

Public health officials continue to educate businesses and the public about the steps they need to take to ensure compliance with orders made under The Public Health Act and The Emergency Measures Act.

However, the province has made amendments to the Preset Fines and Offence Descriptions Regulation (PFODR) under The Provincial Offences Act (POA) to allow enforcement officers to issue tickets with set fines for failure to comply with the emergency orders.

Effective immediately, total fine amounts will be set at $1,296 for tickets issued to individuals, including sole proprietorships and partnerships, and $5,000 for tickets issued to corporations.