As COVID-19 surges, Canada tones down Thanksgiving

Oct 12, 2020

It’s the Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada today, and across the country people are being asked to stay home and celebrate because of the increasing number of cases of COVID-19.


As the COVID numbers grow and more restrictions are put back in place, Thanksgiving will look far different to many Canadians.  Now, health officials are asking them to limit the size of their Thanksgiving gatherings or keep them entirely virtual.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is urging people in his province to stay with their immediate households, adding that it’s too risky to expand the holiday celebration to the current indoor gathering limit of ten people.
 
“And if you’re alone you can pair up with one other household, but only one.  And as much as possible please limit the amount of people you’re getting close to," Ford said. 

"Thanksgiving is normally a time when people get together with family and friends.  But these aren’t normal times.”
 
Some medical experts say the so-called social bubbles people have been gathering in are now reduced to only their households.
         

Last week Ontario imposed tougher restrictions on three COVID -19 hotspots, the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and the Peel Region west of Toronto. That came after an all time high of 939 infections reported on Friday.