Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing schools
Level of Jurisdiction: Manitoba
Lead People/Agency: Minister of Education: Kelvin Goertzen
Premier: Brian Pallister
Overview: The Manitoba Minister of Education, Kelvin Goertzen, announced the suspension of classes in Manitoba K-12 schools, effective March 23 to April 10th. This was recommended by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, with the intended effects being to limit the impact of COVID-19 on communities in Manitoba.
Full details here: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=46934&posted=2020-03-13
Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions
Evidence/Justification: The closure of schools was recommended by Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin. In the news conference, Dr. Roussin described that this recommendation was made after ongoing consultations with stakeholders, as well as reviewing actions taken by other jurisdictions in Canada and across the world. He described these actions as proactive, with the intended effects to limit the impact of COVID-19 on communities in Manitoba.