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 April 9, 2021 (click here to read the orders).

Due to the elevated critical/red level:
•  Individuals must wear a mask in all indoor public places. Licensees are to review the orders for limited exceptions.
•  Gatherings in a private residence are restricted to a maximum of up to 2 people who regularly interact with one or more residents of that private residence, or the residents of 2 private residences may agree to visit each other’s residence. Only one agreement may be made for a residence and once a rule for visits has been selected for a residence, that rule applies while the current health orders are in effect. No change is permitted.
•  Gatherings outdoors on a private property are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.
•  Gatherings outdoors on a public property are restricted to a maximum of 25 people.
•  Gatherings in an indoor public place, or in the common areas of a multi-unit residence are restricted to a maximum of 5 people.
•  If an outdoor gathering is held on a property on which a private residence is located, all people who reside at that residence are not included when calculating the number of people at the outdoor gathering.
•  Weddings and funerals may have up to 25 attendees in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer, as along as social distancing measures are in place.

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:
•  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?

Yes, a liquor service licensee can open 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).

Liquor can be sold only to a person who has ordered a meal, and must not be sold or served for consumption in the licensed premises between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. All members of the public must vacate the licensed premises by 10:00 p.m.

A liquor service licensee must be closed to the public between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., however, members of the public may enter during these hours for the sole purpose of picking up delivery or takeout orders.

Indoor areas of licensed premises:
Can open to the public as long as physical distancing and contact tracing information collection measures are in place, and individuals wear a mask in all indoor areas of the premises. No more than 50% of the approved capacity of the premises is allowed with no more than 6 people seated at any table and the people seated at a single table must live in the same residence. Licensees must take reasonable measures to ensure that all people seated at a table in an indoor area of the premises live in the same residence. Sound levels must not exceed 80 decibels. Patrons are prevented from moving tables or seating, and they must remain seated at their assigned table except when entering or leaving the premises, using video lottery terminals (VLTs), or travelling to the washroom.

Outdoor areas of licensed premises:
Can open to the public as long as physical distancing and contact tracing information collection measures are in place, and individuals wear a mask when in an indoor area of the premises. No more than 50% of the approved capacity of the premises is allowed with no more than 6 people seated at any table. Sound levels must not exceed 80 decibels. Patrons are prevented from moving tables or seating, and they must remain seated at their assigned table except when entering or leaving the premises, using video lottery terminals (VLTs), or travelling to the washroom.

A golf course that is a liquor service licensee may serve liquor to people while they are playing golf. A person playing golf is not required to order a meal or remain seated while in possession of their liquor.

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 the recently-introduced 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. Licensed premised must be closed to the public between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., however, members of the public may enter during these hours for the sole purpose of picking up delivery or takeout orders.

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 with restrictions*
•  VLT sites**  
•  Licensed liquor retailers
•  Licensed liquor manufacturers, including manufacturers with a retail endorsement
•  Licensed cannabis retailers

* Operators of licensed liquor service premises are to review the earlier question “CAN A LIQUOR SERVICE LICENSEE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?” for information about the requirements and restrictions that they must observe when opening the indoor and/or outdoor areas of their premises.

** Areas in businesses where VLTs are located can open as long as physical distancing is in place between all VLTs in operation.

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:
•  Gatherings held in a private residence are restricted to one of the following: a maximum of 2 people who regularly interact with one or more of the residents of that private residence, or the residents of 2 private residences may agree to visit each other’s residence. Only one agreement may be made for a residence and once a rule for visits has been selected for a residence, that rule applies while the current health orders are in effect. No change is permitted.
•  Gatherings held indoors in a public place, or in the common areas of a multi-unit residence are restricted to a maximum of 5 people.
•  Gatherings held outdoors on a private property are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.
•  Gatherings held outdoors on a public property are restricted to a maximum of 25 people.
•  If an outdoor gathering is held on a property on which a private residence is located, all people who reside at that residence are not included when calculating the number of people at the outdoor gathering.
•  Weddings and funerals may have up to 25 attendees in addition to the officiant and a photographer or videographer, as along as social distancing measures are in place.

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.