MQO Poll Suggests Strong Support for Public Health Measures During February Lockdown

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MQO Poll Suggests Strong Support for Public Health Measures During February Lockdown

(A sign near Cabot Tower encourages the public to remain conscious of the risks of COVID-19.)

A new poll by MQO research indicates widespread support for public health’s decisions regarding February’s spike in COVID cases.

On February 12th the entire province moved back into Alert Level 5 after it was confirmed that the UK variant of COVID-19 was the cause of an outbreak in the St. John’s-metro region.

The poll found that 92 per cent of respondents were in favour of the tightening of restrictions province-wide to stop the spread.

The decision to slowly ease restrictions two weeks later was also meet with widespread support, with 87 per cent of people supporting the move to Alert Level 4 off the Avalon.

A 14-day isolation period for rotational workers received 77 per cent support.

The survey also questioned people about the contentious issue of point-of-entry testing. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said during the outbreak that they were not considering the method, noting there’s no guarantee that it would be more effective than their current system. The survey found overwhelming support for point-of-entry testing, with 90 per cent saying they would agree with its implementation.

The survey of 400 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians was conducted between February 26th and March 17th.

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