Under Manitoba's Pandemic Response System, the Chief Public Health Officer can require specific regions in the province to follow additional restrictions.
•  The Capital Region is elevated to the restricted/orange level. Click here to learn about the restrictions for the Capital Region.
•  The Northern Manitoba Region is elevated to the restricted/orange level. Click here to learn about the restrictions for the Northern Manitoba Region.

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.

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.

Currently, there are three sets of public health orders that are in effect for licensed activities. Permittees and licensees operating in all areas of Manitoba must continue to follow all current health orders as issued under The Public Health Act, and any additional restrictions put in place through Provincial Pandemic Response System. For more information, see the:
•  General COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect October 26, 2020 (click here to read the orders)
•  Capital Region COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect October 19, 2020 (click here to read the orders)
•  Northern Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect October 26, 2020 (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)

Indoor and outdoor spaces at licensed premises

Dining rooms, lounges, beverage rooms, entertainment facilities, micro-brewers, brew pubs and distilleries, except those in the Capital Region and the Northern Manitoba Region, may open their indoor and outdoor spaces at their normal authorized capacity with the restrictions outlined in the public health orders and based on region. Physical distancing must be in place between parties.

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 in the Capital Region or the Northern Manitoba Region, please be reminded about the new 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)

Planning or holding your social occasion?

Events held indoors can have up to 50 attendees and events held outdoors can have up to 100 attendees, except in the Capital Region or the Northern Manitoba Region.

Larger group sizes are permitted, except in the Capital Region or the Northern Manitoba Region, 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).

Licensed bingos, except those located in venues in the Capital Region or the Northern Manitoba Region, may continue to operate provided physical distancing is in place.

What are the rules for opening?

Licensed premises, except those in the Capital Region or the Northern Manitoba Region, 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, and patrons must be prevented from moving the tables and seating. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons remain seated at their table and are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions. No dancing can take place. For additional health orders in the Capital Region, click here.

Liquor sold for consumption at a licensed premises can only be consumed in the premises. Licensees must ensure that the liquor they sell to patrons is consumed only in the licensed area. Liquor must not be consumed in vehicles, parking lots or unlicensed areas of a licensee’s business.

Areas with video lottery terminals (VLTs) are located

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.

Can liquor be sold by a licensee for consumption offsite?

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 the recently-introduced Section 9.1 of the Liquor Licensing Regulation).

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.

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.