Toronto’s top doctor is asking for residents to have Thanksgiving dinner with those in their household only, and for those living alone to participate virtually.
On Monday, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said she is “seriously asking that everyone rethink their Thanksgiving plans.”
She asked for people to not hold a big Thanksgiving dinner and to “limit to the people you live with. If you live alone, the safest option is to join with others virtually.”
“Far rather we change on Thanksgiving for safety’s sake than look back with enormous regret.”
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De Villa added that if people adapt to the situation, that is the smart decision, and limiting contact as much as possible from people outside of your household is what needs to be done now.
“The world has changed and we need to accept it and make choices that reflect the reality of the world around us,” she said.
De Villa also confirmed that there are 301 new coronavirus cases on Monday, with 225 on Sunday, 326 on Saturday, and 311 on Friday.
“COVID-19 is spreading in a serious way,” she said.
On Friday, de Villa sent a letter to the province’s chief medical officer to review shutting down indoor dining and to close fitness classes to reduce virus spread.