Sick days are becoming a hot topic. During the COVID-19 outbreak, more people are required to stay home if they are not feeling well. The situation has sparked a discussion about Tim Hortons sick policy, with some calling for a boycott.\nAn article from PressProgress examined how some franchised locations handle employees who need to stay home.\nThey reported that a number of franchises require their workers to produce a doctor's note for any unpaid sick leave.\n"Sick days, at Tim Hortons at least, are unpaid," a former employee told PressProgress, "Not only are you sick, you’re also losing a day’s wage, so employees asking for a sick day have considered it at length."\nWith the spread of COVID-19 becoming more rapid, the discussion of allowing paid sick leave has become much more prominent. Major precautions have been taken, including school closures and the cancellation of professional sporting events.\nOne manager told PressProgress that other than new policies from Tims of not allowing reusable mugs and changing the Roll Up The Rim contest, no other preventative steps are being taken.\nHowever, in an email statement to Narcity, Tim Hortons claimed this wasn't accurate.\n"We take our responsibility to Tim Hortons guests and team members across Canada very seriously. It is important for all of us to follow the advice of our public health officials especially around staying home if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19," they said.\nThey continued, "we have been working with our 1,500 restaurant owners in Canada to follow the advice of their local public health authorities in all cases — including not requiring a doctor’s note when an employee reports in sick." *\nHowever, the Press Progress article has since gone viral, and now has Canadians calling for a boycott of the coffee chain on Twitter using the hashtag, #BoycottTimHortons.\n#boycottTimHortons .@TimHortons Are you really allowing franchises to require that sick employees provide a doctors note if they take an unpaid sick day? That’s a surefire way to help spread Coved-19, burden the system unnecessarily and and lose customers in one fell swoop. #bs— Harshil (@rhjdm) March 14, 2020\nTim Horton's irresponsible sick note policy rips money from healthcare system.Cost to taxpayers: doctor visit = more than $120Sick note = $20-50.Workers unpaid for time at doctor.@TimHortons, REFUND that $ to #HealthCare!#BoycottTimHortons #ONpolihttps://t.co/wgmP9yid0t— Terence Kernaghan NDP (@kernaghant) March 14, 2020\n#BoycottTimHortons I work here and the conditions are absolute shit. Doctors notes, shitty management and terrible wage cuts. Also the food they are serving you is FROZEN.— Liam MacFarlane (@Liam57476253) March 14, 2020\nWondered why #boycottTimHortons trending. If you're in food service & doing *anything* to discourage sick employees from staying home, I'll shop elsewhere. *Yes, I know this won't apply to all locations, but until they fix nat'l policy, I'll pass. Respect patrons AND staff. https://t.co/MYM8CnMZ6Z— Kelley Armstrong (@KelleyArmstrong) March 14, 2020\nHe makes $18 million a year, but can’t give his workers paid sick leave or unpaid sick leave without a doctors note during a global pandemic; can’t make this shit up #boycottTimHortons pic.twitter.com/jdCAGKnecT— Piper (@Lefty_Mind) March 14, 2020\ni literally got in shit yesterday by them cuz i was sick and refused to go in, thank god my last day is tomorrow #boycotttimhortons— 𝓂 ☁️ (@mistyleeee) March 14, 2020\nWow, @TimHortons do you know how irresponsible this is? The risk you're putting your staff in, the burden you're putting on the system - these behaviors cause people to come in sick. I'm disgusted. #boycottTimHortons https://t.co/TZ4mFvdSGX— Bad Mommy (@abMOMination) March 14, 2020\n#boycottTimHortons Goodbye. Your disregard for health, safety and humanity is revolting. pic.twitter.com/j1g2ioCrTm— Rose (@ont_rose) March 14, 2020\nYou have some answering to do, @TimHortons.Either way, you haven’t been the pride of Canada since Burger King bought you out years ago.#BoycottTimHortonshttps://t.co/cf66td4yrA— Hits 93 Toronto (@Hits93Toronto) March 14, 2020\n#boycottTimHortons. First the @TimHortons in Waterloo kicks out a girl for swearing when a man was sexually assaulting her and now staff need a note from Doctor if sick. Coffee sucks not 🇨🇦anymore— Karen Schieck🇨🇦 (@SchieckKaren) March 14, 2020\nI have friends who have kids that work @TimHortons I would never want to negatively impact their employment by supporting a boycott but, this policy is incomprehensible!! I have no choice but to #boycottTimHortons to protect the health of the employees & the community in general! https://t.co/DH8saK5kbi— adrianhobbs44 (@adrianhobbs44) March 14, 2020\nBye forever. Care for the health of your staff should be on your main menu. Now each time I see your logo I think of someone risking illness for themselves and their loved ones for a minimum hourly wage. #boycottTimHortons pic.twitter.com/nnZ4YXztBS— Tanya Kan 🌷 WFH (@VividFoundry) March 14, 2020\n"#boycottTimHortons .@TimHortons Are you really allowing franchises to require that sick employees provide a doctors note if they take an unpaid sick day? That’s a surefire way to help spread Coved-19, burden the system unnecessarily and and lose customers in one fell swoop. #bs" wrote @rhjdm.\n"Tim Horton's irresponsible sick note policy rips money from healthcare system. Cost to taxpayers: doctor visit = more than $120 Sick note = $20-50. Workers unpaid for time at doctor. @TimHortons, REFUND that $ to #HealthCare #BoycottTimHortons #ONpoli" wrote Ontario NDP MPP Terence Kernaghan.\nSo @TimHortons wants my doctor and yours doing paperwork during the #Covid19 pandemic because they don’t trust their employees? Good grief. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/SlRrzlFSGg— Gerald Butts 🇨🇦 (@gmbutts) March 14, 2020\nEven Gerald Butts got in on the conversation, writing "So @TimHortons wants my doctor and yours doing paperwork during the #Covid19 pandemic because they don’t trust their employees? Good grief."\nSchools are shut down, flights are cancelled, the PM's in self-isolation and Tim Hortons is out here asking sick workers to go get doctor's notes. #boycottTimHortons #cdnpoli https://t.co/Ly9mwClItj— Kian Malekanian (@kianmalekanian) March 14, 2020\nCOVID-19 continues to spread in Canada. As of 2:30 PM on March 13, the government reports 176 confirmed cases across the country. Prime Minister Trudeau has even gone into isolation after his wife, Sophie, was confirmed as having the virus.\n*Editor's note: This story has been updated.