Residents travelling to Manitoba or to the Winnipeg area are warned of travel restrictions and new safety precautions in the city and in province.

The new restrictions include shutting down the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m., bars will close as of 11 p.m., you will be assigned a table in restaurants, and you won’t be allowed to leave your table to dance or leave and re-enter the building.

Overall, the Province of Manitoba has reported 2,246 total cases of COVID-19. Officials reported 739 active cases as of October 5, and the majority of which are in the Winnipeg metropolitan area.

Manitoba is currently in a yellow, caution alert status, where community transmission is low to undetectable. Some residents have been sharing a critical alert notice from Manitoba on social media, however, that link is only an info-graphic on what a red, critical alert means for the province.

However, Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Region, which includes Winnipeg as well as neighbouring communities like Niverville, Tache and Ritchot, has introduced and implemented new safety restrictions that take effect as of 6 p.m. today, as they move to an orange, restricted alert status.

The new restrictions include:

- Tables and seating are at least two-metres apart between people sitting at different tables or a non-permeable barrier, and are able to maintain separation of at least two-meters, from other members of the public when they are not seated at a table;

- Seating capacity at any table does not exceed 10 persons;

- Food is not served buffet style;

- The use of hookah or other types of water pipes is prohibited.

- Members of the public are assigned to a table when they enter the licensed premise that has seating for the entire party;

- staff obtain contact information in writing from at least one person in each party attending the licensed premises and the licensee must retain this information for 21 days, after which it must be destroyed;

- members of the public are prevented from physically moving tables or seating in the licensed premises;

- members of the public are required to be seated at their table, unless they are
- travelling to or from washrooms,
- using video lottery terminals in the licensed premises;
- briefly interacting with staff at the licensed premises, or
- entering or leaving the licensed premises;

- no dancing takes place in the licensed premises.

- No sale or service of liquor may take place in licensed premises between 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

- The operator of the licensed premises must ensure that all members of the public vacate the licensed premises by 11:00 p.m.

- Licensed premises must be closed for dine-in service between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

- The order does not prevent food or liquor from being sold from licensed premises after 11:00 p.m. for delivery or take-out.

- This applies to the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region while the region is in orange. This does not apply to liquor retail.

Manitoba’s Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, Dr. Brent Roussin, says they are closing bars early and ending alcohol sales premature because their data shows that cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba seem to be spreading more often late in the evening.

Last week, staff with the Northwestern Health Unit recommended against any non-essential travel outside of northern Ontario, to limit bringing the virus back into the area.

If you do travel outside of northern Ontario, the health unit says you should self-isolate for 14 days upon returning if you have come in contact with a close contact of a positive case or have been exposed to an outbreak situation.

For more information:
Three reported COVID-19 cases related to Winnipeg trip
Travel outside northern Ontario not recommended