Speaking once again from Ottawa on Monday, the Prime Minister shared a strong message with those who feel “invincible” during COVID-19 in Canada. Trudeau confirmed that the government would be prepared to take action if social distancing rules continue to be ignored. He warned Canadians, “enough is enough.”
Sharing yet another statement from his home, for the eighth time in eight days, the Prime Minister had a strong message for those people who are failing to follow the government’s social distancing advice.
“We’ve all seen the pictures online, of people who seem to think they’re invincible. Well you’re not,” he said.
Addressing those who spent the weekend flocking to local parks, beaches and public spaces, Trudeau explained, "Social distancing ... means staying home as much as possible."
“If you choose to ignore that advice, if you choose to get together with people or go to crowded places, you’re not just putting yourself at risk. You’re putting others at risk too.”
He noted that elderly family members, friends with pre-existing conditions, doctors and nurses on the frontline and essential supermarket staff need Canadians to make the right choices.
“Go home and stay home,” he warned.
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Trudeau’s message comes after reports suggested that many Canadians were ignoring government advice to practice social distancing.
Photos showed large groups congregating at parks, beaches, and other public spaces, despite warnings that isolating at home is the best way to limit the spread of COVID-19.
During his speech, Trudeau added that the federal government would be willing to take stronger measures to enforce social distancing if it became necessary.
“We're going to make sure this happens, whether by educating people more on the risks, or by enforcing the rules if that's needed,” he told reporters.
The Prime Minister confirmed that he will be communicating with Canada’s premiers on Monday evening, to discuss cracking-down on those who are failing to practice adequate social distancing.
“Nothing that could help is off the table,” he confirmed.