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. For more information, see the COVID-19 Prevention Orders in effect January 8, 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 (click here to read the orders).
•  Limit public gatherings to a maximum of 5 people indoors or outdoors, or in the common areas of a multi-unit residence. No gatherings can occur in a private residence.

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 close?

The following types of licensed premises and activities must remain closed under the current health orders:
•  Licensed liquor service premises
•  Casinos and gaming centres
•  Video lottery terminal (VLT) sites
•  Charitable bingos (Note: Licensed media bingos are able to continue as there is no gathering of people.)

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 the licensed premises for the sole purpose of picking up their orders. Physical distancing measures must be in place and individuals must wear a mask in all indoor places. Liquor must not be served in the licensed premises.

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 may remain open?

The following types of licensed premises may remain open under the current health orders:
• 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 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)

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?

Public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 5 people indoors or outdoors, or in the common areas of multi-unit residences. No gatherings can occur in a private residence.

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.