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 September 3, 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 premises can open to the public as long as:
•  Patrons are physically distanced when not seated at a table.
•  Proof of vaccination is required for anyone 12 years of age or older requesting dine-in service. Proof of vaccination is not required for delivery or takeout orders.
•  Sound levels do not exceed 80 decibels and there is no access to any dance floor.
•  The use of hookahs and other types of water pipes is prohibited.

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).

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, VLT sites may open. Physical distancing measures must be in place and proof of vaccination is required.

Can a casino or gaming centre open?

Yes, a casino or gaming centre may open if the operator admits only people who produce proof that they are fully immunized.

Planning or holding your social occasion?

Those holding social occasions with a capacity of over 25 people must ensure that the social occasion is conducted in accordance with the requirements for licensed premises under Order 8(5) of the current health orders (click here to read the orders).

Weddings, funerals or other organized gatherings held indoors may have up to 50 attendees or no more than 50% of the capacity of the premises, whichever is greater. A reception can be held as long as the dance floor is closed. Receptions held at a restaurant or licensed premises must be conducted in accordance with the applicable rules for the restaurant or licensed premises, including proof of vaccination for guests..

The number of attendees permitted at weddings, funerals or other organized gatherings held outdoors are limited to the lesser of 1,500 people, or the greater of 50% of the capacity of the premises or 150 people. A reception can be held as long as the dance floor is closed. Receptions held at a restaurant or licensed premises must be conducted in accordance with the applicable rules for the restaurant or licensed premises, including proof of vaccination for guests (click here to read the orders).

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.

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 that they are fully immunized and children under 12 years of age who accompanied by a fully immunized person with whom they reside or a relative who is fully immunized.

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.