The LGCA understands that licensees and the public have questions about the impacts of COVID-19 on licensed activities. 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.

On October 5, 2021, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer set the response level to orange within the Manitoba Pandemic Response System. Public health orders, COVID-19 vaccinations, mask requirements and many other measures remain in place to help protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Permittees and licensees operating in Manitoba must follow all current health orders as issued under The Public Health Act, and any additional restrictions put in place through the Provincial Pandemic Response System. Individuals in Manitoba must follow the COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect November 13, 2021 (click here to read the orders).

•••  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)

Can a liquor service licensee open to the public?

Yes, a liquor service licensee can open for in-person service, with restrictions. Licensees must follow all current health orders as issued under The Public Health Act, and any additional requirements put in place through the Provincial Pandemic Response System (click here to read the current health orders).

Licensed liquor service premises can open to the public as long as the operator of the premises restricts admission to:
•  people who produce proof of vaccination
•  people who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for them not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19
•  children under 12 years of age, if people of that age are permitted to attend the licensed premises

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places. A person may temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place for the purpose of consuming food or drink.

A golf course must not allow people who are not fully vaccinated to enter any portion of the golf course that is the subject of a liquor service licence.

Can a liquor service licensee sell liquor with delivery or takeout food orders?

Eligible licensees (dining rooms and dining room/lounge licensees) can continue to sell wine, beer, cider and coolers for off-site consumption in conjunction with takeout food orders (click here for details on Section 9.1 of the Liquor Licensing Regulation).

People who are not fully vaccinated are able to enter a licensed premises for the sole purpose of picking up takeout or delivery orders as long as the operator of the premises has measures in place to ensure that all such people are able to maintain a separation of at least 2 metres from other people at the licensed premises.

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places.

Liquor sold with takeout food orders must not be consumed in vehicles, parking lots or unlicensed areas of the licensee’s business. All laws, legislation and other legal requirements must be observed.

Can a VLT site open?

Yes, a VLT site may open if the operator admits only people who produce proof of vaccination and people who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for them not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19.

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places. A person may temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place for the purpose of consuming food or drink.

Can a casino or gaming centre open?

Yes, a casino or gaming centre may open if the operator admits only people who produce proof of vaccination and people who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for them not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19.

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places. A person may temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place for the purpose of consuming food or drink.

Can a liquor retail licensee open to the public?

Yes, a liquor retail licensee can open to the public, with restrictions. Licensees must follow all current health orders as issued under The Public Health Act, and any additional requirements put in place through the Provincial Pandemic Response System (click here to read the current health orders).

A liquor retail licensee that is located in the Southern Health Region but not located in the Town of Niverville or in the Rural Municipalities of St. Francois Xavier, Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot or Tache must not open unless the operator of the business:
•  limits the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual capacity of the premises
•  has measures in place to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least 2 meters from other members of the public at the business

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places.

Can a licensed cannabis retailer open to the public?

Yes, a licensed cannabis retailer can open to the public, with restrictions. Licensees must follow all current health orders as issued under The Public Health Act, and any additional requirements put in place through the Provincial Pandemic Response System (click here to read the current health orders).

A licensed cannabis retailer that is located in the Southern Health Region but not located in the Town of Niverville or in the Rural Municipalities of St. Francois Xavier, Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot or Tache must not open unless the operator of the business:
•  limits the number of members of the public at the business to 50% of the usual capacity of the premises
•  has measures in place to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least 2 meters from other members of the public at the business

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places.

Planning or holding your social occasion?

Those holding social occasions with a capacity of over 25 people must ensure that admission is restricted to the following:
•  people who produce proof of vaccination
•  people who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for them not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19
•  children under 12 years of age

Until October 12, 2021, a wedding or funeral and any associated reception may be held if the number of people attending does not exceed 50% of the capacity of the premises where the event takes place or 150 people, whichever is greater.

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places. A person may temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place for the purpose of consuming food or drink.

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. If you have planned an event, please be reminded about the restrictions regarding event size.  
•  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)

Please note that online raffles are not allowed through a social occasion permit or a social occasion raffle licence. Visit Not All Raffles Are Legal (click here) for more information.

Can a licensed charitable bingo open?

Yes, a facility that hosts charitable bingo events may open if the operator of the facility admits only people who produce proof of vaccination, people who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for them not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, and children under 12 years of age.

Masks must be worn by people in all indoor public places. A person may temporarily remove their mask while in an indoor public place for the purpose of consuming food or drink.

Please submit a licence amendment form (click here) advising of your re-opening details.

Amending, postponing or canceling your licensed charitable gaming event?

Please submit a licence amendment form (click here).

Will LGCA inspectors be inspecting licensed premises?

Yes. Inspectors will be attending premises and providing information and advice, if necessary. In addition to the LGCA’s normal inspections program, inspectors are authorized to enforce public health emergency orders in licensed premises.