Premier Doug Ford told Ontario residents that for the holidays, people can only celebrate with their household, and those living alone can join one other household.
“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 on Wednesday.
“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. By following this public health advice, we can all have a safe and fun holiday season.”
The province laid out safe ways to celebrate the holidays like watching holiday movies, decorating the home, lighting the menorah for Hanukkah, going to a drive-thru event, or donating to a charity.
The unsafe ways to celebrate include visiting family and friends for non-essential reasons, hosting, and attending organized public events.
The Ontario government is also telling residents in regions where there are high infection rates to not travel to other regions with lower rates.
A new holiday web page will be launched shortly to provide more direct and up-to-date guidance on how individuals and families can plan for a safe holiday season.
“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 Health Minister Christine 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.”
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Ford also emphasized shopping locally for the holidays, saying that while it’s easier to buy from big-box retailers and Amazon, local stores have products readily available.
In Toronto and Peel Region which are in the province’s “Lockdown” level for at least 28 days, indoor gatherings are not permitted and outdoor gatherings can be a maximum of 10 people.