With a second lockdown in place for the foreseeable future, this holiday season is certainly going to be unlike any other. While we do want to spend the time with our loved ones, the Ontario government has urged Torontonians to prioritize health and safety.
Public health officials have released new precautionary rules, based on the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, on how to safely celebrate the holidays this year. This includes not spending time with people from different households and taking part in virtual celebrations instead. For those who live alone, officials have advised that individuals may consider spending the holiday with one additional household.
Here is a list of some of the safer holiday activities which are outlined by the city:
- Virtual holiday gatherings or events
- Outdoor holiday activities such as building a snowman or going on a sleigh ride with members of your household.
- Attending a drive-in or drive-through event.
- Decorating your home with family members
- Baking activities with members of your household
It has also been laid out that the risky holiday activities include having in-person gatherings, attending crowded events, indoor parties with multiple guests and visiting others for non-essential reasons. In addition, everyone is urged to avoid all social gatherings, stay home unless traveling for essential reasons and always wear a mask.
The Ontario government will be launching a new holiday web page, so residents can have immediate access to up-to-date information regarding a safe holiday season.
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