It seems like holiday shopping in 2020 in Canada is going to be very different because of the pandemic and one province is warning residents to not cross the border because of the "critical" COVID-19 situation.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, took to Twitter to plead with people in his province.

"I am asking Manitobans to avoid non-essential travel and to not drive out-of-province to holiday shop," he said.

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I am asking Manitobans to avoid non-essential travel and to not drive out-of-province to holiday shop.

Dr. Brent Roussin

Dr. Roussin also asked Manitobans to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home.

Currently, the province is under the "critical" response level which is the most severe.

That means retailers are only allowed to sell essential items in-store while non-essential items can only be available online, by phone, delivery or pick-up.

With Black Friday deals unofficially kicking off the holiday shopping season, there's concern about what that will mean for the pandemic.

Vaughan Mills, a massive shopping mall in Ontario, was trending on Twitter as people were speculating about shoppers from locked down Toronto and Peel heading there for sales.

More than $126,000 of COVID-19 fines were racked up in Manitoba in a single week recently.

 
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