Social Distancing Enforcement - Updated April 9, 2020

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 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the province declared a state of emergency on March 20, which included orders under The Public Health Act to help reduce the spread of the virus including: 

•    restrictions on public gatherings to 10 or fewer people,
•    require the closure of non-essential businesses, and
•    enforcement of social distancing measures by businesses and services that remain open including ensuring a two-metre distance is kept between people in the facility or premises.

"Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and the majority of Manitobans are adhering to good social distancing practices and changing how they operate at home, in their community and within their business,” said Pallister.  "Unfortunately, there is still a need to have additional measures in place to address situations where people are ignoring the advice of our health experts.  These changes will give enforcement officers more tools to help curb the spread of the virus.”
 
Effective immediately, fine amounts for breaching these emergency orders will be set at $486 for individuals and $2,542 for businesses.
 
Measures involving public health officers working in conjunction with local police services, First Nation police services and the RCMP are also in place for municipalities outside of Winnipeg.  Plans are underway to expand these and adopt measures similar to those announced today for Winnipeg.  These include engaging municipal bylaw officers, community and First Nation safety officers, community volunteer groups such as Citizens on Patrol, and Manitoba Conservation officers who will work with respective police services.

Outside of Winnipeg, reports of non-compliance can be made to the Manitoba Government Inquiry (MGI) inquiry line at 204-945-3744 or by email at mgi@gov.mb.ca.

For the most up to date information about Manitoba’s response to COVID-19 and public health orders please visit:
www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/soe.html.