Effective November 12, 2020,
the provincial pandemic response level was elevated to critical/red by Manitoba's Chief Public Health Officer.

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 is one set of public health orders that is in effect for licensed activities. 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 June 12, 2021 (click here to read the orders).

Due to the elevated critical/red level:
•  Individuals must wear a mask in all indoor public places. 
•  Visitors inside a private residence are prohibited. For information on certain exemptions, including those for people who live alone, please review the current health orders.
•  Outdoor gatherings on a property where a private residence is located are restricted to no more than 5 other people who do not reside at that private residence. The other people attending the outdoor gathering must not reside at more than 2 different private residences.
•  Gatherings in indoor public places are prohibited.
•  Gatherings in outdoor public places are restricted no more than 5 people.
•  Weddings and funerals may have up to 10 attendees at the ceremony in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer, as along as social distancing measures are in place. No reception is allowed.

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)

Which licensed premises and activities must remain closed?

The following types of licensed premises and activities must remain closed under the current health orders:
•  Liquor service licensees, with the exception of delivery and takeout service
•  VLT sites
•  Casinos and gaming centres
•  Charitable bingos (Note: Licensed media bingos are able to continue as there is no gathering of people.)

Can a liquor service licensee open to the public?

No, liquor service licensees cannot be open for in-person service. Eligible licensees may sell beer, wine, cider and coolers with food that is purchased for delivery or takeout. 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).

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).

Members of the public may enter a licensed premises for the purpose of picking up their orders. Physical distancing and contact tracing information collection measures must be in place, and individuals must wear a mask in all indoor 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.

Which licensed premises and activities can be open?

The following types of licensed premises may be open under the current health orders:
•  Licensed liquor service premises for delivery and takeout service
•  Licensed liquor retailers
•  Licensed liquor manufacturers, including manufacturers with a retail endorsement
•  Licensed cannabis retailers

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.

Planning or holding your social occasion?

Those holding social occasions must observe the current health orders (click here to read the orders) which include restrictions for the number of attendees:
•  Visitors inside a private residence are prohibited. For information on certain exemptions, including those for people who live alone, please review the current health orders.
•  Outdoor gatherings on a property where a private residence is located are restricted to no more than 5 other people who do not reside at that private residence. The other people attending the outdoor gathering must not reside at more than 2 different private residences.
•  Gatherings in indoor public places are prohibited.
•  Gatherings in outdoor public places are restricted no more than 5 people.
•  Weddings and funerals may have up to 10 attendees at the ceremony in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer, as along as social distancing measures are in place. No reception is allowed.

Canceling or postponing your licensed charitable gaming event?

Please submit a licence amendment form (click here).

All charitable bingos must close under the current health orders. Licensed media bingos are able to continue as there is no gathering of people.

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.