Manitoba: Provincial State of Emergency

Economic Aid: There is a COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the province’s 2020 budget including an increase to the Fiscal Stabilization Fund. Overall, Manitoba has nearly $1 billion of financial flexibility to address the challenge of COVID-19, if required.

Premier Brian Pallister announced additional measures taken by the provincial government to help individuals that pay rent and those who are renting to others. First, the province is freezing all rent increases that were set to come into effect April 1, 2020 or later. Second, the province is postponing all non-urgent eviction hearings at the Residential Tenancies Branch and the Residential Tenancies Commission until the end of May. This measure includes all new hearings and any hearings that had been scheduled previously.

Closures / Restrictions: Limits to public gatherings of more than 50 people, and broad closures have been announced in Manitoba, with restrictions to ensure social distancing for a number of businesses.

Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.

Limiting hospitality premises where food or alcohol is served or any theatres offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms as movies theatres to 50 people or 50 per cent of the capacity of the premises, whichever is lesser.

Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, alongside Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health, Lanette SiragusaThe province announced that the province is putting non-essential and routine diagnostic testing on hold until further notice. Public health orders that were delivered earlier this week remain in place, applying only to public places at this time.