If you’re already tired of staying home, there’s bad news ahead. Speaking on Saturday, the Health Minister warned that social distancing in Canada is likely to last months, not weeks. She also explained that the government would consider looking to “contain people in their own homes,” if they fail to take adequate precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak\nAs cases of the novel coronavirus continue to be diagnosed across Canada, the country’s Health Minister has delivered a strong message to the public.\nSpeaking at Parliament Hill on Saturday, Patty Hajdu told Canadians to be prepared to stay at home for the foreseeable future, as “we will be in this situation for a while.”\n“I think Canadians need to understand, this isn’t about two weeks of social distancing,” Hajdu explained. “This is about months of social distancing.”\nThe Health Minister went on to confirm that while there are currently no federal laws in place to stop people going out, this could change if people do not take adequate precautions.\n“When people are playing loose and hard with the rules like this, it does actually put our civil liberties in jeopardy,” she said.\nHadju added that the government would look at more stringent measures if they have to, and would consider moving to “actually contain people in their own homes.”\nSocial distancing measures in Canada could be in place for months, Canada's health minister said today. Patty Hajdu warned that not following the measures in place now could lead to more strict measures later to confine people to their homes. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/WG3c0CYrSb— CBC News (@CBCNews) March 22, 2020\nThe Health Minister’s message comes as the federal government has urged Canadians to practice social distancing and stay at home wherever possible.\nThis advice comes as the country’s bars, restaurants, non-essential stores, and even national parks have closed their doors to the public.\nSpeaking from his Ottawa home on Saturday, where he remains in self-quarantine, Justin Trudeau explained, “I want to thank the millions upon millions of Canadians who have self-isolated, who are engaged in social distancing.”\n#SaturdayThoughts: Do your part to help slow the spread of #COVID19 and #PlankTheCurve:Wash your hands 🧼👏Cough into your elbow 🗣💪Practice social distancing and #StayAtHome 🛋️🏠— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 21, 2020\nThese latest updates come as some of Canada’s provinces and territories are taking stronger independent action to combat the spread of COVID-19.\nOn Saturday, the Northwest Territories made the move to ban all non-essential travel into the region, while P.E.I.’s chief public health officer announced enhanced screening measures for anybody attempting to enter the province.\nA similar decision has been made in Newfoundland and Labrador, where all travellers, from inside Canada and beyond, will have to self-isolate for at least 14 days.\nView this post on Instagram As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, more and more of you are stepping up to help your neighbours. And across the country, businesses small and large are offering their services. So today, we launched a plan that will help them quickly produce the things our health care providers need to keep you safe. Click the link in my bio for more info. 🇨🇦 Alors que la situation entourant la COVID-19 continue d’évoluer, vous êtes de plus en plus nombreux à aider vos voisins. Et partout au pays, les petites et grandes entreprises offrent leurs services. Alors aujourd’hui, nous avons lancé un plan pour les aider à produire rapidement ce dont nos fournisseurs de soins de santé ont besoin pour assurer votre sécurité. Cliquez sur le lien dans ma bio pour obtenir plus d’info. A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:21pm PDT\nConcluding her address on Saturday, Hadju added, "I would encourage Canadians to think about that and to think about their obligation to act collectively right now."\n"Right now is your chance," she said.\nYou can keep up-to-date with all of Canada’s latest COVID-19 news and advice by clicking here.