As part of the Manitoba government’s multi-phased effort to gradually restore services, dining rooms, lounges, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs, distilleries and similar businesses may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces at their normal authorized capacity with certain restrictions, effective June 21, 2020. The LGCA advises those operating licensed premises to follow the Orders dated June 18, 2020 as issued under The Public Health Act.

Licensees that open must comply with the terms and conditions set by the LGCA. This includes the general service terms and conditions as well as those specific to the type of licence. They must also comply with legislation, regulations and any requirements or conditions placed on their licence. If a licensee chooses to sell liquor with delivery and takeout food orders, they must comply with the related terms and conditions.

What types of businesses are allowed to reopen their indoor and outdoor spaces at normal capacity?

Dining rooms, lounges, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs, distilleries and other similar businesses that serve food and drinks may reopen indoor and outdoor spaces at their normal authorized capacity.

When can a licensee reopen at normal capacity?

Starting on June 21, 2020, dining rooms, lounges, beverage rooms, micro-brewers, brew pubs, distilleries and other similar businesses that serve food and drinks may open at their normal authorized capacity with certain restrictions.

Licensees interested in establishing a new designated patio area for their premises may contact the LGCA’s Licensing Department. Click here for an online form to request the addition of an outdoor patio area to be included on your liquor licence.

What the rules for reopening?

Starting on June 21, 2020, licensed premises may operate at their normal authorized capacity. Tables and seating must be arranged so there is at least a two-metre distance or physical barrier between different tables. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons are reasonably able to keep a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions. Dance floors must remain closed.

Liquor sold for consumption at a licensed premises can only be consumed in the premises. Licensees must ensure that the liquor they sell to patrons is consumed only in the licensed area. Liquor must not be consumed in vehicles, parking lots or unlicensed areas of a licensee’s business.

Per the Public Health Order, additional guidelines for the operation of indoor and outdoor spaces in licensed premises:

•  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 or a physical barrier 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.

Areas where video lottery terminals (VLTs) are located

Starting on June 21, 2020, areas where VLT terminals are located and in which smoking is prohibited may reopen if there is at least a two-metre distance between all operating VLTs. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons can reasonably maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions.

Can liquor be sold by a licensee for consumption offsite?

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).

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 licensee allow patrons to wait inside if its patio has reached capacity?

Starting June 21, 2020, patrons may be allowed to wait inside if the licensee does not exceed its normal authorized capacity and can maintain table and seating arrangements with at least a two-metre distance or a physical barrier between different tables. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons are reasonably able to keep a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions.

If it starts to rain, can patio patrons move inside the premises?

Starting June 21, 2020, patrons may be allowed to move inside if the licensee does not exceed its normal authorized capacity and can maintain table and seating arrangements with at least a two-metre distance or a physical barrier between different tables. Measures must be in place to ensure that patrons are reasonably able to keep a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief interactions.

Are patrons allowed to bring their own wine to a licensed premises?

No. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, bringing personal bottles of wine under Section 9 of the Liquor Licensing Regulation is not permitted.

Are patrons allowed to remove an unfinished and recorked bottle of wine from the premises?

No. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, authorized removal of wine (unfinished and recorked bottles) under Section 11 of the Liquor Licensing Regulation is not permitted.

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.

Questions about capacity or any other factor?

Call your Licensing Advisor for help with any questions. You may also contact the LGCA at 204-927-5300 or 1-800-782-0363 (Manitoba only toll-free) or by email (click here and select “liquor licence” as your inquiry topic).