Pandemic Response System

About the Pandemic Response System

The Pandemic Response System informs Manitobans of the current level of risk, provides public health guidance to Manitobans and explain the range of measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

This page outlines what restrictions and actions may be considered at this stage. This is not an indication of the current level in Manitoba, or any of its regions.

The province will update the provincial response level in response to the spread of the virus and other public health indicators.

To view the current alert levels, visit the Pandemic Response System main page.



The province would consider applying this alert level if:

  • Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring across much of Manitoba.
  • New clusters are occurring, but can be controlled through self-isolation, testing and contact tracing so they do not spread further.
  • The health care system is able to manage COVID-19 case levels.

Range of Response Measures

The following may be considered if this alert level is applied:

  • Gathering sizes will be limited further, based on public health information at the time.
  • Further travel restrictions may be may be in place, based on COVID-19 transmission in other jurisdictions or the risk of COVID-19 being imported into Manitoba.
  • Some non-urgent surgeries and diagnostic procedures may be restricted.
  • Added restrictions to visitation in hospitals, long-term care, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities may be in place.
  • Capacity in child care facilities and home-based providers may be more limited and increased priority toward meeting needs of critical workers.
  • Therapeutic health care businesses, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists, podiatrists, therapeutic massage therapists and acupuncturists, may be required to introduce occupancy limits and physical distancing requirements.
  • K12 schools may be more restricted by occupancy limits and more requirements for remote learning especially for grades 9-12.
  • Post-secondary may be more restricted by occupancy limits and more requirements for remote learning.
  • Retail businesses may have added occupancy limits.
  • Public food establishments, such as restaurants, cafeterias, cafes may have occupancy limits.
  • Bars, lounges and similar establishments may have occupancy limits.
  • Casinos may have further occupancy limits.
  • Hair stylists/barbers may be able to operate with occupancy limits and physical distancing requirements.
  • Museums, galleries and libraries may be able to operate with occupancy limits and physical distancing requirements.
  • Outdoor recreation facilities may have more restrictive occupancy limits.
  • Day camps may have more restrictive occupancy limits

Detailed Description of Levels

  • At all levels, all Manitobans should follow these public health fundamentals.
  • Always stay at home when you’re sick, even if mildly ill.
  • Enhanced personal hygiene, including:
    • regular and thorough handwashing;
    • covering your nose and mouth with tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
    • avoid sharing food or drinks; and,
    • avoid touching your face.

People at higher risk of complications due to COVID-19 to take extra precautions and avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.

Manitobans should wear masks in indoor settings where social distancing is not possible.

People with COVID-19 symptoms may contact Health Links - Info Santé for testing directions or go directly to a designated site to get tested.


For a detailed description of the four levels and what they mean to you, read Manitoba’s COVID-19 Response Level System Summary (pdf).

Pandemic Response System