Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that a regular Christmas will not be happening for Canadians this year as the country faces spiking COVID-19 cases.
Trudeau told a press conference on Friday that while he thinks it’s right to give people hope for holiday gatherings, so much of what we’re able to do in the coming weeks depends on our current actions.
“We all want to try and have as normal a Christmas as possible, even though a normal Christmas is, quite frankly, right out of the question,” the Prime Minister said.
Trudeau told Canadians to immediately reduce their contacts in order to stop the spread of the virus and get cases back under control.
The comments came following the release of the updated National Epidemiology and Modelling framework.
The data shows that Canada could see between 20,000 and 60,000 new COVID-19 cases per day by the end of December if people continue to socialize with those outside of their immediate household.
Trudeau implored anyone living in a region where cases are rising to stay home as much as possible and limit all non-essential travel. He asked that employers make arrangements to allow employees to work from home.
“The only way we can reverse the tide is if we immediately reduce the number of people each of us come into contact with,” he said. “If you don’t need to, don’t leave your home.”