The LGCA understands that licensees and the public have questions about the impacts of COVID-19 on licensed activities. With the government’s easing of certain restrictions, licensed businesses are reopening and people are starting to plan licensed events that previously were postponed. You will find current information on this page about licensed activities occurring during the pandemic. We will continue to provide updates as the situation changes.
The Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency on March 20, 2020 to protect the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19, which was followed by public health measures that included the closure of non-essential businesses. On May 4, 2020, a phased service restoration plan that gradually eases some of the restrictions was introduced by the government. Phases 3 and 4 of this plan allow further reopenings of certain businesses and activities. The LGCA advises those organizing gaming events and operating licensed premises to follow the Orders dated July 24 and in effect July 25 as issued under The Public Health Act.
The LGCA offices are no longer providing in-person public service.
Need to contact the LGCA?
In an abundance of caution for the safety of our staff and those with whom we interact, do not go to our office locations and instead, contact us by phone or email.
You can reach all LGCA departments by:
• phone at 204-927-5300 or 1-800-782-0363 (Manitoba only toll-free)
• email (click here for our contact form)
Indoor and outdoor spaces at licensed premises
Starting on June 21, 2020, dining rooms, lounges, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs and distilleries may open their indoor and outdoor spaces at their normal authorized capacity with restrictions*. Click here to learn about the requirements for licensees.
* Restrictions for indoor and outdoor spaces of licensed premises:
Licensed dining rooms, lounges, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs and distilleries may operate at their normal authorized capacity. Tables and seating must be arranged so there is at least a two-metre distance or physical barrier between different tables. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions. Dance floors must remain closed. Click here to learn about the requirements for licensees.
Per the Public Health Order, additional guidelines for the operation of indoor and outdoor spaces in licensed premises:
• Patrons must maintain a minimum distance of at least two metres except for brief exchanges.
• Washrooms have to be sanitized on a frequent and regular basis.
• A distance of two metres or a physical barrier is required between the tables.
• Sitting or standing at counters is not allowed unless there is a two-metre separation between the groups that can be maintained.
• Buffet meal service is not permitted.
• Tables, chairs, counters and booths must be cleaned after each meal is served.
• Beverage refills are not allowed.
• Cups, straws and lids should be kept behind the counter and handed to patrons.
• Self-service of beverages is not permitted.
• Condiments, menus, napkins and other décor should be removed from tables unless they can be cleaned between customers.
• Self-service condiments should be removed.
• Refillable or reusable containers are not permitted.
Areas where video lottery terminals (VLTs) are located
Starting on June 21, 2020, areas where VLT terminals are located and in which smoking is prohibited may reopen if there is at least a two-metre distance between all operating VLTs. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons can reasonably maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions.
Liquor sold with delivery and takeout food orders
Dining rooms and lounges can sell liquor for delivery or takeout if measures are in place to ensure all customers maintain at least a two-metre distance from one another. Dining room and dining room/lounge licensees offering liquor for sale with delivery and takeout food orders must comply with the terms and conditions set by the LGCA (click here for more information).
Canceling or postponing your social occasion?
Contact the LGCA's Social Occasion Permit department if your event is planned to occur in the next 30 days. Permit holders may either cancel their events or reduce the number of attendees. Those who decide to cancel, will be given a refund for their permit fee.
• phone at 204-927-5300 or 1-800-782-0363 (Manitoba only toll-free)
• email (click here and select "social occasion permit" as your inquiry topic)
Planning or holding your social occasion?
Starting on June 21, 2020, events held indoors can have up to 50 attendees and events held outdoors can have up to 100 attendees.
Larger group sizes are permitted where distinct groups of 50 or 100 people can be separated to prevent contact with other groups:
• Indoor events having more than 50 attendees are permitted if the number of attendees does not exceed 30% of the premises’ authorized capacity. The premises must be physically divided into separate areas to hold 50 people or fewer, and people from each separate area are prevented from coming in close contact with each other when entering, leaving and during the event. All other physical distancing measures must be in place.
• Outdoor events having more than 100 attendees are permitted if the number of attendees does not exceed 30% of the premises’ authorized capacity. The premises must be physically divided into separate areas to hold 100 people or fewer, and people from each separate area are prevented from coming in close contact with each other when entering, leaving and during the event. All other physical distancing measures must be in place.
Canceling or postponing your licensed charitable gaming event?
Please submit a licence amendment form (click here).
Starting on June 21, 2020, charitable bingos may reopen with capacity restricted to 50% of the authorized capacity of the venue where the bingo is held. Measures must be in place that enable people to maintain a distance of at least two metres, except for brief interactions. Organizers reopening their bingos must advise the LGCA by submitting a licence amendment form (click here).
Extension for charitable financial reporting
Due dates for charitable gaming event financial reports are extended to June 30, 2020.
Temporary changes to cannabis delivery requirements
Cannabis retailer staff and third-party delivery companies contracted by cannabis retailers are temporarily permitted to deliver cannabis without the customer signing for the delivery. It is the responsibility of cannabis retailers to inform third-party delivery companies of this temporary ability.