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Ongoing response

Last updated on: October 14, 2021

Proof of immunization

Effective September 3, 2021, proof of COVID-19 immunization is now required to visit and participate in indoor programming at City-operated poolsfitness and leisure centres, and arenas.

Proof of immunization is not required to visit a library branch; however, select indoor programming will require proof of immunization – participants will be notified accordingly.

Individuals that do not show proof of immunization will not be permitted to enter the facility or participate in indoor programming, unless they fall under an exemption in the provincial public health orders.

Customers are required to bring a piece of government-issued ID to confirm that their identity matches their COVID-19 immunization card.

FAQs

What is the COVID-19 immunization card?

Eligible Manitobans can apply for a physical and/or digital COVID-19 immunization card from the Province of Manitoba once they have been fully immunized. The card will include your first and last name and a QR code. When scanned, the QR code will validate your proof of COVID-19 immunization.

If you are not from Manitoba, please consult with your province or country for their process related to receiving your COVID-19 immunization card.

Who is exempt from requiring proof of COVID-19 immunization?

Those under 12 are not required to show proof of immunization, while those under 18 are not required to show proof of immunization if they are participating in an indoor sporting or recreation activity.

What is considered valid proof of COVID-19 immunization?

The following documents are considered valid proof of immunization in Manitoba:

  • Manitoba COVID-19Immunization Card
  • National Defence Canada COVID-19 Vaccine Record / Card
  • Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Travel Vaccination Record
  • an official document issued by a Canadian province or territory containing information of a person’s COVID-19 vaccination history

Are you storing my personal health information?

No. The City of Winnipeg does not collect or store your personal or personal health information when verifying your vaccination status. 

Where can I get more information on immunization cards and immunization records?

For more information on Manitoba immunization cards, see: Province of Manitoba – Immunization Cards and Immunization Records.

Masks

As part of our commitment to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees, we are requiring that all individuals entering City-operated facilities or using Winnipeg Transit or Winnipeg Transit Plus must wear a face mask as a means to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

While not a replacement for physical distancing or hand-washing, the use of face masks is increasingly recognized by public health officials as a tool to provide protection against the spread of COVID-19, particularly in settings where physical distancing may be a challenge. Our decision to require the use of face masks in our facilities and Transit vehicles is in keeping with this recognition, and was contemplated due to the increasing number of cases in the community.

The authority to mandate the use of face masks in City-operated facilities is within the CAO’s existing authority. The Director of Winnipeg Transit has authority to require face masks on Transit vehicles, including Transit Plus vehicles.

Residents are expected to make good personal decisions regarding the use of face masks. Employees will be informing residents who are not wearing a face mask that they are required to wear one. Note, while our primary focus is on education, Transit riders could face a $100 fine for non-compliance. Residents will not be denied service for refusing to wear a face mask. The City may implement enforcement measures if wide-spread non-compliance becomes an issue.

We also ask that Winnipeggers not judge others who may not be wearing a face mask, as there are a number of reasons someone may not be able to wear one.

Single-use disposal face masks are available at public City-operated facilities where masks are required, including City Hall, recreation and leisure facilities, libraries, and administrative office buildings until supplies are exhausted. A limited number of face masks are also currently available for Transit riders to pick up at Transit kiosks and City libraries during regular operating hours.

FAQs

Why do I need to wear a face mask when indoors in City-operated facilities and on Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Transit Plus?

Covering your nose and mouth with a face mask helps reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Wearing the mask doesn’t just help to protect you, it protects our employees and our other customers, especially those who have pre-existing health conditions.

The City’s focus is to communicate and educate the public to better understand that wearing face masks is helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Members of the public will not be denied service for refusing to wear a face mask.

How do I wear a face mask properly?

To be at all effective, face masks must be worn properly. When face masks are not worn properly, they will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others and may also put the wearer at greater risk of infection.

When wearing a face mask, do the following:

  • Wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off.
  • Practice good hand hygiene while wearing the face mask.
  • Ensure your face mask fits well (doesn't gape) and covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Do not share your face mask with others.
  • Avoid touching your mask or face while wearing the face mask.
  • If you need to adjust your face mask, wash your hands immediately afterwards.
  • Do not dangle your face mask from one ear, or pull it below your nose or your mouth so that it is covering your chin.
  • For more information on how to wear a face mask properly, please visit the Health Canada website.

Face masks can become contaminated on the outside, or when touched by your hands. Avoid touching your face mask while wearing it, change your mask as soon as it is damp or soiled. While medical face masks can be disposed of following use, reusable masks must be placed into a bag or washing machine and appropriately laundered on a hot cycle, dried thoroughly, and stored.

A face mask should not be placed on children under two years of age, on anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance or on anyone who has trouble breathing.

Do I need to bring my own face mask to use?

Members of the public are asked to bring their own mask from home and wear it as required in City facilities and onboard Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Transit Plus vehicles.

Single-use disposal face masks are available at public City-operated facilities where masks are required, including City Hall, recreation and leisure facilities, libraries, and administrative office buildings, until supplies are exhausted. A limited number of face masks are also currently available for Transit riders to pick up at Transit kiosks and City libraries during regular operating hours.

When are face masks required?

Face masks must be worn over the mouth, nose, and chin at all times with the following exemptions, including but not limited to:

  • Persons under the age of five
  • Persons who are unable to place, use, or remove a mask without assistance
  • Persons unable to wear a mask due to a mental or physical concern or limitation, or protected ground under the Manitoba Human Rights Code
  • Persons consuming food or drink in designated seating areas or as part of religious or spiritual ceremony
  • Persons who are swimming or engaged in other athletic activities
  • Persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a mask would hinder that caregiving or assistance
  • Persons engaging in tasks or services that require the temporary removal of a mask (e.g. in order to don a respirator)
  • City employees who are working alone in fully-enclosed space, such as an office with the door closed or travelling alone in a City vehicle, as well as employees working in a cubicle and separated from others by a partition and at least two meters
  • Emergency services personnel, including police officers, fire fighters and paramedics, while on duty as they already follow stringent additional health and safety internal department protocols

Do I need to prove that I am exempt from wearing a face mask?

No. All persons are expected to make good personal decisions regarding use of face masks (considering the list of exemptions) and would not be expected to provide evidence to support their decision. Members of the public will not be denied service for not wearing a face mask.

The City of Winnipeg is not responsible for enforcing public health orders, that responsibility is the Province of Manitoba’s.

Potential exposures

The potential exposures dataset is available online on the Open Data Portal, which lists locations where people might have been exposed to COVID-19 in a City of Winnipeg facility or vehicle, including Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Transit Plus. The information in this dataset is taken directly from the Manitoba Health website.

Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit: manitoba.ca/covid19.

Enforcement

On November 6, 2020, the City’s Community Services By-Law Enforcement Officers began enforcing the Province of Manitoba’s COVID-19 public health orders as they relate to closed facilities, occupancy limits, and physical distancing requirements.

A detailed daily breakdown of the enforcement activities is available online on the Open Data Portal.

Possible violations of the public health orders can be reported by contacting 311. Questions related to the public health orders should be directed to the Province of Manitoba.

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