The LGCA understands that licensees and the public have questions about the impacts of COVID-19/coronavirus on licensed activities. Many people and organizations are canceling or postponing their licensed events. Below are answers to current commonly asked questions. We are continuing to update this page with information as the situation changes.

On March 20, 2020, the Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency to protect the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus. Further measures that included the closure of non-essential businesses were implemented on March 30, 2020. The Manitoba government announced a phased service restoration plan on May 4, 2020 that will gradually ease some restrictions. The ability for certain businesses to reopen with restrictions forms part of the plan. The LGCA advises those organizing gaming events and operating licensed premises to follow the Orders as issued under The Public Health Act.

The measures include:

* Restrictions to allow operation of the licensed premises:

Capacity must be restricted to 50% of authorized capacity. Measures must be in place to ensure at least a two-metre distance between people sitting at different tables. When not seated, people must be able to reasonably maintain at least a two-metre distance except for brief interactions.

Per the Public Health Order, additional guidelines include the following:
  • Patrons must maintain a minimum distance of at least two metres except for brief exchanges.
  • Washrooms have to be sanitized on a frequent and regular basis.
  • A distance of two metres is required between the tables.
  • Sitting or standing at counters is not allowed unless there is a two-metre separation between the groups that can be maintained.
  • Buffet meal service is not permitted.
  • Tables, chairs, counters and booths must be cleaned after each meal is served.
  • Beverage refills are not allowed.
  • Cups, straws and lids should be kept behind the counter and handed to patrons.
  • Self-service of beverages is not permitted.
  • Condiments, menus, napkins and other décor should be removed from tables unless they can be cleaned between customers.
  • Self-service condiments should be removed.
  • Refillable or reusable containers are not permitted.
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 Spaces in Licensed Premises

Starting on June 1, 2020, restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs, distilleries and similar businesses may reopen indoor spaces at 50% of their authorized capacity and with Public Health Order restrictions. Click here to learn about the requirements for licensees.

Patios at Licensed Premises

Starting on June 1, 2020, hospitality businesses such as bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs, distilleries and other similar licensed premises may reopen their patios at 50% of their authorized capacity and with Public Health Order restrictions. Designated patio areas of public food establishments were able to reopen starting on May 4, 2020. Click here to learn about the requirements for licensees.

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. Events held indoors can have no than 25 attendees and events held outdoors can have no more than 50 attendees. Those who decide to cancel, will be given a refund for their permit fee.
•  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)

Canceling or postponing your licensed charitable gaming event?

Please submit a licence amendment form (click here).

Bingos must be closed, however, media bingos can continue because there is no public gathering.

Extension for charitable financial reporting

Due dates for charitable gaming event financial reports are extended to June 30, 2020.

Temporary changes to cannabis delivery requirements

Cannabis retailer staff and third-party delivery companies contracted by cannabis retailers are temporarily permitted to deliver cannabis without the customer signing for the delivery. It is the responsibility of cannabis retailers to inform third-party delivery companies of this temporary ability.

In-store brewing standards - Updated June 1, 2020

Authorized in-store brewing retailers must comply with the LGCA's in-store brewing standards as issued with the retailer's original authorization. The LGCA had temporarily permitted authorized in-store brewing retailers to produce and package products on behalf of their customers, and store the finished products until customers could safely pick up their purchases. With the restoration of services in Phase 2 of the Manitoba government's plan and ability for authorized in-store brewing retailers to open, the temporary approval has been rescinded.