Two children sit at a wooden table wearing masks. One is mixing pizza dough in a metal bowl with a wooden spoon while the other watches. In the background a family of four sits at another wooden table where one child is mixing their dough and the other child and two parents watch.

At the Farm and Food Discovery Centre, we take the safety of our patrons, community and staff incredibly seriously. We are doing everything we can to ensure you have a wonderful and most importantly safe experience while visiting our facilities.

Safety measures in effect

As per current Province of Manitoba and/or University of Manitoba COVID-19 protocol, the following procedures are in effect:

  • Proof of vaccination is required for all eligible guests (born on or before December 31, 2009)
    • Please bring a piece of photo ID along with your QR code
    • Children before on January 1, 2010 or later can enter when accompanied by fully vaccinated adults
  • 3-Ply masks are mandatory while inside the buildings for everyone ages 5yrs+
  • Bookings are limited to 50% capacity
  • Visits are by appointment only - no drop-ins at this time
  • Physical distancing measures are in effect and enforced
  • Patrons and staff must answer our COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire prior to entry. They may only enter if they have answered "no" to all questions. See screening questions below
  • Touch surfaces are sanitized prior to each booking
  • Some high touch displays that we are unable to effectively sanitize are closed
  • No food or drink is to be consumed inside the building, please use our outdoor picnic area to consume food or drink

Limited hours

To allow for effective cleaning and sanitization between groups, we are only taking booking for the following times:

  • Programs/Field Trips: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tours/Visits: 10:00 - 11:30 am, 12:00 - 1:30 pm or 2:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Birthday Parties: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm or 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Meetings: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Inquire with us directly if you'd like to request a start time not listed above. 

COVID-19 health screening questions

Prior to entering FFDC, you must review and answer the following screening questions for you and everyone in your household.

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms: severe difficulty breathing (e.g., struggling for each breath, speaking in single words), chest pain, confusion, extreme drowsiness or loss of consciousness?
  2. Do you have shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing when lying down? 
  3. Do you have a new onset of any of the following symptoms: fever/chills, cough, sore throat/hoarse voice, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, vomiting, or diarrhea for more than 24 hours? 
  4. Do you have a new onset of 2 or more of any of the following symptoms: runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, skin rash of unknown cause or nausea or loss of appetite OR a worsening of any ONE of those symptoms?
  5. Have you been in contact in the last 14 days with someone that is confirmed to have COVID-19 OR is a member of your household sick with COVID-19 symptoms but without knowledge of exposure to COVID-19? 
  6. Have you been in a setting in the last 14 days that has been identified by public health as a risk for acquiring COVID-19, such as on a flight, in a workplace with a cluster of cases, or at an event OR have you received notification from the COVID alert app that you may have been exposed to COVID-19? 
  7.  Has a member of your household been identified as a close-contact and instructed to self-isolate (quarantine) by public health officials, and they are not able to isolate from you?
  8. Have you or someone in your household travelled outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days (exemptions apply, see description below; if exempt select “no”).

As per the public health order, 14 days of self isolation (quarantine) is required for all individuals returning to or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions, unless the individual is exempt in the order from quarantine. Travelers who are exempt from mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) should self monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following their arrival to Manitoba. 

**If individuals do not have symptoms, EXEMPTIONS include:

  • Fully vaccinated (two doses) individuals can now travel within Canada without being required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival back in the province. [14 days of self-isolation is still required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions if they have received one or no vaccine doses]
  • Manitoba residents who regularly cross the provincial border to tend to their property for essential purposes if they restrict their travel to the minimum required for the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local service