Trail Talking

Manitoba Pandemic Response System

  • Bob Lagassé, Author
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dawson Trail

Recently, our government announced the launch of a new online public health tool that connects Manitobans with more detailed information about the current risk of COVID-19. The #RestartMB Pandemic Response System provides individuals with clear, timely, and localized information about the specific measures being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This new system allows public health officials to apply and effectively communicate specific changes and related pandemic containment measures by localized site, region, or sector to Manitobans as needed. By applying targeted measures focused on containing specific outbreaks, instead of applying provincewide restrictions, we will be able to minimize the impacts on the economy and services for Manitobans, while ensuring that public health remains a top priority.

The four colour-coded response levels are:

  • (red) critical – community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and/or there are significant strains on the healthcare system;
  • (orange) restricted – community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring, public health measures are being taken to manage the negative impact on human health and/or the health system;
  • (yellow) caution – community transmission of COVID-19 is at low levels; and
  • (green) limited risk – the spread of COVID-19 is broadly contained, and a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available.

The system launched with a provincewide level of ‘caution’, meaning COVID-19 is still a threat across Manitoba, but community transmission levels are low. The system outlines steps Manitobans should be taking at each response level, as well as public health orders and guidance for businesses, service providers, and other sectors. Visit for more information on the COVID-19 indicators and the four response levels.

Manitobans, at all response levels, should continue to follow public health fundamentals. Those include:

  • always stay home when sick, even if mildly ill;
  • enhanced hand hygiene;
  • maintain physical distancing; and
  • wear masks in public indoor settings where physical distancing is not possible.

Please remain vigilant and continue taking the necessary precautions to ensure your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around you.