Ontarians Encouraged To Celebrate The Holidays Safely

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The Ontario Government is out with its Holiday Season COVID-19 guidelines.

“I know there are many people looking forward to their traditional family celebrations at this time of year, but to keep your loved ones safe, traditions will have to be adjusted,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We’re asking everyone to please stick to your own household when celebrating. Avoid big holiday parties or large family dinners to help us stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

The guidelines were provided today by Premier Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.

They discourage in-person indoor gatherings with other households, especially when masks must be removed to eat or drink.

Non-essential travel from high-risk areas to low-risk regions is discouraged as well as having overnight guests.

Some examples of safer holiday activities include virtual and outdoor gatherings, attending drive-in or drive-through events, or baking holiday treats with your immediate household.

“The holidays are a special time of the year for many people, and while we all want to spend time with family and friends, we must celebrate safely to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Minister Elliott. “With the recent news about several vaccines there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I realize that it won’t be easy, but we must continue to follow public health advice and look for new and creative ways to celebrate this year.”

“Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and by strictly following these measures we can all plan for a healthy holiday season while keeping our loved ones safe,” said Dr. Williams.

Upon releasing general, province-wide guidelines, the Government of Ontario is reminding everyone to adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines.

Ontarians are advised to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in their community, and check with their local public health unit for any additional information or restrictions.