The Pallister government says more than 23,000 Manitobans took part in a telephone town hall with public health officials about new restrictions on retail sales.
It was held on November 19th and included a discussion with Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer and Dr. Jazz Atwal, a provincial medical officer of health.
A live poll during the town hall indicated more than 77% of people taking part said they were staying home as much as possible and only going out for necessary reasons. More than 84% indicated government direction is the main reason they are choosing to stay home during the Critical (Red) level on the province's #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
The province says this fall, more than 100,000 people have taken part in public engagement opportunities - and since April - nearly 280,000 participants have engaged with the Manitoba government on COVID-19 issues through telephone town halls, online surveys, public opinion research and other engagement opportunities on EngageMB.
The fourth in a series of telephone town halls is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25th and will give Manitobans the opportunity to ask Dr. Roussin questions about the pandemic response.
Joining Roussin will be Dr. Andrea Poitrowski, a clinical psychologist with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority who will to take calls about how Manitobans can help themselves and others maintain their mental health during the pandemic. Manitobans can register to participate in this telephone town hall at https://engagemb.ca/restartmb-pandemic-response-system
Upcoming virtual stakeholder roundtable sessions will include discussions around festivals, performing arts and women's shelters.