This webpage has been established to provide members with up-to-date information regarding the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check frequently for updates.

Social workers play a key role in providing ongoing and crisis-based social work services during this time due to the increased need for services related to health, mental health, basic need fulfilment, employment and income support planning, safety planning for vulnerable children and families, advocacy and the dissemination of accurate information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College acknowledges social workers on the frontlines providing these critical services to the public and those developing and managing programs and policies to respond to this pandemic.

Provincial Response Level

Effective November 12, 2020 all regions of the province moved to the Critical (red) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Under the current health order, social workers may continue to provide services as a regulated profession.  Social workers are encouraged to provide service remotely whenever possible.  In the event that in-person services are required, social workers must adhere to mandatory requirements (i.e. physical distancing, mask use etc.) and should review the general workplace guidance provided by the Government of Manitoba.

Orders under The Public Health Act

The Province of Manitoba – Workplace Precautions

For more information regarding cautions, travel restrictions and other limitations that may impact your social work practice, please visit the Government of Manitoba website.

For helpful information regarding mask use, please review the following:

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-masks-faq-sept-25-2020.pdf

Phase 3 – Restoring Safe Services

Social workers must continue to monitor and adhere to requirements and guidelines issued by Manitoba Health if they are continuing to see clients in-person including physical distancing, strict hand hygiene and self-screening procedures.  Additional recommendations regarding workplace protocol, including pre-screening clients, enhanced cleaning and limiting interaction between employees are provided in the links below:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/restoring-safe-services-phase-3.pdf

https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/guidance.html

https://manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-primary-care-providers-in-community.pdf

For additional information regarding COVID-19 responses and recommendations, please review the following websites:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/index.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/health-providers/coronavirus-resources/

https://www.who.int/