Kids across Ontario can breathe a sigh of relief today. In a somewhat surprising and heartwarming twist, Mayor John Tory and Premier Doug Ford are stepping up to ensure that their Easters remain full of magic. The pair announced that they have expanded the list of essential workers to include this pair of magical creatures.
During a Skype interview Tuesday morning, Tory told CP24 that he was declaring the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move appears to an attempt to provide some normalcy to children whose lives' have been disrupted by the current outbreak.
The order follows a similar declaration by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who added the magical pair to the country's list of essential works on Monday.
"I was asked about declaring the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy essential as New Zealand did. Confirmed, of course, the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are essential workers in Toronto. I also asked Doug Ford to make sure they are essential provincewide as well. Thanks to everyone planning to Stay Home for Easter," Tory tweeted out.
Ford later issued his own response to the declaration, ensuring children across Ontario that the ongoing pandemic would not compromise their Easter treats.
"I know this is so tough for the younger kids, what's going on right now," Ford explained during a live press conference on Tuesday. "The kids have simple things they're worried about."
Asked about declaring Easter Bunny & Tooth Fairy essential as NZ did. Confirmed of course the Easter Bunny & Tooth… https://t.co/tmgeMvhZWc— John Tory (@John Tory)1586258994.0
"I have heard about the Easter Bunny, so to kids, the Easter Bunny has become an essential service," he added. "I'll make sure they have the chocolates ready for Easter."
@fordnation @JohnTory And now it's official! https://t.co/Cym0kXYbJo— NEWSTALK1010 (@NEWSTALK1010)1586283118.0
The Ontario leader's heartwarming message to children wasn't the only one making waves online.
A Justin Trudeau Lego stop-motion video of one of his press conferences created by a Winnipeg dad also went viral.
Sharing the good news - the Easter Bunny is officially an essential service! https://t.co/WO902xQOyD— Doug Ford (@Doug Ford)1586285111.0
The original video, which has helped spread Trudeau's COVID-19 message to children, even earned praise from the prime minister himself. The clip has currently been viewed more than 300,000 times on Twitter.
Despite rules of social distancing, Ford added that chocolate will still get delivered for Easter.
So don't be alarmed if the Easter Bunny is wearing a N95 mask and gloves when he comes to your door.