What We Heard

On July 21, 2020, the Manitoba government introduced a preliminary draft of the fourth phase of the Restoring Safe Services Plan.

The draft plan for restoring services in Phase Four built on measures introduced in the first three phases of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery and set out evidence-based plans to ease public health measures put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total 28, 678 people provided feedback on the fourth phase through a survey between July 21 and August 25.

The top five areas of interest included the health care sector, the education and the post-secondary sector, the public service, the recreation, cultural and tourism sector, the child care sector and the restaurant/food service sector.

The survey asked respondents for their comments on how the province should respond to COVID-19 moving forward. The top five themes emerging from comments included:

  • Travelling and Provincial Borders – Respondents wanted travel and self-isolation restrictions to remain in place as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Communication and info on COVID-19 restrictions – Respondents wanted more communication and education on prevention measures for Manitobans and allowing input from organizations most affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Mask Usage – Respondents wanted firmer messaging on mask usage and to make mask usage mandatory in indoor public spaces.
  • Re-opening Timeframes Respondents wanted re-opening measures slowed down to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Business Practices – Respondents wanted more protocols and guidance on safety measures for businesses.

The results of the survey are available at:
Phase Four Survey Results
Phase Three and Phase Four Comparison
Phase Four Telephone Town Hall - Participation and Poll Question Results

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