Normal Christmas celebrations are unlikely this year, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Canada.
That was the message coming from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 20, as he warned Canadians to be prepared to celebrate differently.
Speaking at a press conference outside Rideau Cottage, the PM acknowledged that the country’s case-count is “spiking massively.”
“We are facing a winter that’s going to drive people inside more and more and we’re really at risk of seeing caseloads go up and hospitals get overwhelmed and more loved ones dying,” he explained.
A normal Christmas, quite frankly, is out of the question.
With that in mind, he went on to say that normal festivities would be “quite frankly out of the question.”
During the same statement, Trudeau acknowledged that people are becoming fatigued and no longer want to face restrictions on their day-to-day lives.
However, he stressed the importance of continuing to follow public health advice ahead of Christmas.
“Help us beat the second wave,” he said, adding, “Save lives. Because that is what’s at stake.”
His comments came just one day before multiple Canadian provinces reported record-high daily COVID-19 figures.
On Saturday, Canada confirmed 5,000 new cases of the illness.