PREMIER UNVEILS MANITOBA’S ROADMAPTO EXPANDING SERVICES SAFELY
April 29, 2020
PREMIER UNVEILS MANITOBA’S ROADMAP
TO EXPANDING SERVICES SAFELY
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Manitoba to Begin Easing Restrictions on Businesses;
Physical Distancing Measures Still in Effect: Premier
Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort next week to
gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase
recreational opportunities while maintaining social distancing advice,
Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
“We applaud Manitobans for doing their part to help flatten the curve
and it is thanks to everyone’s tremendous efforts that we are able to
announce today a gradual, safe restoration of services and easing of
restrictions on businesses, allowing many to reopen, should they so
choose,” Pallister said. “We must remain diligent in maintaining
physical distancing and practising good hygiene, but our gradual,
leveled approach will help us safely restore our services.”
As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health-care and retail
businesses will have the option to reopen under strict guidelines. All
businesses and venues will be required to continue following social
distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees
Size restrictions of public and private gatherings of no more than 10
people will remain in place. Everyone is expected to continue to follow
social distancing rules at all times and to stay home if they are sick.
Travel restrictions will remain in place such as avoiding all
non-essential travel outside of Manitoba, and requirements for
self-isolation for 14 days following travel will continue.
Based on the evolving global public health recommendations and
modelling, Manitoba is in a position to begin a methodical, phased-in
approach to reopening businesses, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s
chief provincial public health officer.
“Our public health measures to date have helped us reduce case numbers
and flatten the curve, but it is not practical to maintain these
measures indefinitely,” said Roussin. “That is why we will gradually
reduce these measures including balancing the need to protect vulnerable
Manitobans from COVID-19 with the need to protect Manitobans from the
unintended impacts of strict public health measures, which include
health and social impacts.”
PHASED APPROACH TO RESTORING SERVICES
_Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery
Roadmap_ consists of multiple phases. It is critical to note the timing
and specifics noted in each phase are subject to change, based on the
advice of public health experts and a continuous assessment of
transmission patterns and other factors.
Full details are available at WWW.MANITOBA.CA/RESTORINGSAFESERVICES.
RESTORING SERVICES (PHASE ONE) – BEGINNING MAY 4
Critical public health measures and travel restrictions remain. Priority
elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will
resume and some non-essential businesses will reopen but must limit
occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10
square metres, whichever is lower. Services, businesses and venues
• non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures;
• therapeutic and medical services;
• retail businesses;
• restaurants – patio/walk-up services;
• hair salons;
• museums, galleries and libraries;
• seasonal day camps; and
• outdoor recreation and campgrounds.
The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further
easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others.
RESTORING SERVICES (PHASE TWO) – NO EARLIER THAN JUNE 1
Critical public health measures and travel restrictions may remain in
place. Public gathering sizes 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; and
• film production.
Public health measures may be eased further. Additional guidelines will
be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some
non-essential business 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.
Specific considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made
• performing arts venues;
• other non-essential businesses;
• tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning
• large gatherings/events.
Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting
events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted.
Child care plays an important role in restoring services, enabling
parents to return to the workplace, and remains a priority. The
Department of Families will continue to work with the child-care
community to expand the temporary child-care services available,
including a grant available to child-care providers seeking to open a
new, home-based child-care service.
More information on child-care services during COVID-19, including a
self-serve child care website, can be found at
Businesses seeking further information should visit
For current information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be
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