Return to Water Polo in Manitoba 

The MWPA Board of Directors, Staff and member Clubs have been working diligently to ensure our participants have a safe return to water polo. Together, we have developed a safe return to water polo resource guide that outlines protocol.

​This return to play plan has received approval from the Province of Manitoba, Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Water Polo Association. For additional resources contact the MWPA office at


UPDATE: September 8, 2021


The current public health orders were published on September 2, 2021, and include the following relating to sporting and recreational activities:

ORDER 14: Indoor Activities

14(1) Indoor sporting and recreational facilities, including dance schools and martial arts studios, must not operate unless admission of members of the public to the facility is restricted to the following:

(a) persons who produce proof that they are fully immunized.

(b) persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19.

(c) persons under 18 years of age.


ORDER 27: Use of Masks

27(1) A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping.

27(2) The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as practicable.

27(3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply in respect of the following:

(a) a child who is under five years of age.

(b) a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties, or a disability, that prevents them from safely wearing a mask.

(c) a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person.

(d) a person who is swimming or engaged in other athletic activities.

(e) a musician performing at licensed premises or at a concert hall or other performing arts venue.

(f) a person who needs to temporarily remove their mask while in the indoor public place for the purpose of

(i) receiving a service that requires the removal of their mask,

(ii) consuming food or drink,

(iii) an emergency or medical purpose, or

(iv) establishing their identity.

You can view the Province of Manitoba’s current Public Health Order here:


Many of the COVID-19 mitigation strategies are no longer deemed mandatory but remain strongly recommended by Public Health especially for indoor settings.  Manitoba Water Polo continues to consult with sport and health partners to provide strategies that will protect our participants, volunteers, staff and communities. We are excited at the prospect of having no restrictions on sport and it is our goal to do our part to have sport remain open without restrictions. We all hope to see athletes return to the pool for a full school and club season and ask for your support in making this happen.

For clubs, teams or organizations interested in providing indoor water polo activity:

  • Individual play, group and individual instruction and team practices may take place at an indoor sporting facility.

  • Games, scrimmages or tournaments may be held providing that all current public health orders are followed.

  • All persons aged 18 and over must provide proof of vaccination status to participate in or attend water polo activities.

  • These health orders do not restrict athletes 17 and under from participating in indoor sport if not vaccinated.


It is also important to note that the CIty of Winnipeg has established C-19 protocal that must be followed when entering a City of Winnipeg pool. 


UPDATE: September 3, 2021


MWPA will communicate new C-19 protocol on September 8, 2021 with respect to current public health restrictions and recommendations from Sport Manitoba.

As noted in our August 9, 2021 Update, we are encouraging water polo Clubs and programs to follow current recommendations until September 7, 2021.

You can view the Province of Manitoba’s current Public Health Order here:



UPDATE: September 3, 2021

C-19 update from City of Winnipeg Community Services: 

In accordance with provincial public health orders published on September 2, 2021, proof of immunization is now required to visit and participate in indoor programming at City-operated pools, fitness and leisure centers, and arenas beginning September 3, 2021.




UPDATE: September 2, 2021

C-19 update from Sport Manitoba: 


Indoor sports - Youth is defined as U18. Anyone under the age of 18 will not be required to be vaccinated to participate in sport. All adults, 18+ will have to be fully vaccinated to participate in sport. Any adult (18+) sports spectators will be required to be fully vaccinated. U18 spectators can be allowed entry into a facility with a fully vaccinated parent/guardian.


For vaccination verification: with the new health orders, adults (18+) being required to be vaccinated to participate in sport is now the law.

These updates do not include any parameters set the the operating facility. i.e. City of Winnipeg Community Services.



UPDATE: August 9, 2021

​With the recently updated provincial public health orders going into effect Saturday August 7, Manitoba Water Polo will not be providing any further updates to indoor water polo activities. All sport restrictions have been removed except for the following: 

13(1) Indoor sporting and recreational facilities may open if the operator:

(a) restricts the number of spectators at the facility to 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility.


(b) implements measures to ensure that members of the public who are not engaged in sporting or recreational activities are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public while at the facility.


You can view the Province of Manitoba’s current Public Health Order here:


​Although many of the mitigation strategies are no longer deemed mandatory, they remain strongly recommended by Public Health, especially for indoor settings.


​August is typically a month where athletes attend multiple camps and can be involved with large numbers of athletes in indoor spaces for extended periods of time. These are all conditions generally regarded as elevating the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Therefore, for the duration of these public health orders (until September 7), Manitoba Water Polo recommends that the current Return to Play protocols be considered.

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