Toronto's top doctor says those living alone should connect virtually on Thanksgiving

Oct 7 2020, 12:24 pm

Toronto’s top doctor says that those living alone should connect virtually on Thanksgiving, which is not what Premier Doug Ford said earlier today.

On Wednesday, Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, said, “I know my advice isn’t easy to take but it is the best course of action.”

“Spend the holiday with just the people you live with, under the same roof. And if you live alone the best thing to do is to connect with other people virtually. Yes, the situation is that serious.”

She addressed those living with serious mental health issues who need to connect with people during the weekend, to do so outside, six feet apart, wearing masks, and to not meet while eating or drinking.

“No one should make the mistake of being in a crowded room full of people they don’t live with,” de Villa said.

But earlier in the day, Ford had a different message, saying people living alone can pair up with one household for Thanksgiving.

“If you’re alone, you can pair up with one other household, but only one. Please limit the amount of people you’re getting close to,” he said during the daily press conference.

Ford said that the mixed messaging from different levels of government needs to be fixed so the public has a clear understanding of the rules.

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