Private residences in Manitoba will not be permitted to host any gatherings starting Friday.

Those who do not regularly reside in the residence will not be permitted to socially gather inside.

This means one person from one household cannot socialize at a residence with someone from another household if one or both residences have more than one member of their household.

A single-person household is permitted to socialize with another single-person household. This would be one, designated person. Single-person households cannot change who they designate or socialize with more than the one, designated person on other occasions. 

Those providing care, delivering goods, or conducting maintenance are some of the exemptions to this order. Households with split custody can continue their usual custody practices.

Exemptions to the household gathering order include:

  • provide health-care, personal care or home care services; 
  • allow a parent or guardian to visit a child who does not normally reside with that child; 
  • receive or provide child care;
  • provide tutoring or other educational instruction; 
  • perform construction, renovations, repairs or maintenance; 
  • deliver items; 
  • provide real estate or moving services; or 
  • respond to an emergency

Public gatherings continue to be limited to five people or fewer, including gathering outdoors in common areas at multi-unit residences. These gathering size restrictions do not apply to health-care, social services or school facilities.

Retail stores, starting Friday, will be limited to what they can sell and how many people are permitted to be inside the store.

Premier Brian Pallister says to not put the "right to life ahead of the right to shop."

All stores will have a 25 per cent max capacity, or 250 people, whichever is fewer. Stores will be responsible for limiting people by means of counting.

Essential products that can be sold in person include:

  • food, beverages and food preparation products;
  • personal care products such as soap and dental care products;
  • health-related products such as prescription drugs and vitamins;
  • mobility or assistive devices;
  • baby and child-care accessories such as diapers and formula;
  • household cleaning products, safety devices, batteries and lightbulbs;
  • outdoor winter apparel such as jackets and boots;
  • personal protective equipment for the workplace;
  • pet food and supplies;
  • postage stamps;
  • cellphones and cellphone accessories;
  • parts and supplies for all types of motor vehicles and watercraft;
  • major household appliances;
  • hunting, fishing and trapping supplies;
  • tools and hardware;
  • materials for home maintenance, repair or construction; and
  • property maintenance products such as shovels

As of Friday, stores are forbidden from selling items not listed in person, such as sweaters, books, or televisions. As of Saturday, the products must be roped off, moved, or have some sort of physical barrier so customers cannot gather them.

If a business sells an item not listed, they can be fined or closed.

Other items can be purchased online or by phone, and delivered or picked up curbside.

The new orders will expire on December 11. 

Schools will remain open. The province says interfacility transmission is low in schools. Dr. Brent Roussin says that they are always looking at the COVID-19 situation in schools and will adjust their plans as needed. 

Non-compliance issues can be reported online or by calling 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (toll-free). The province says since April 9, there have been more than 13,500 calls from citizens to report concerns.