Oct 07, 2020
By Christine Ross
Premier Doug Ford set the record straight for Thanksgiving during COVID-19. He began the daily pandemic briefing by correcting what he said a day earlier.
“I’d like to make something very clear, this Thanksgiving we’re asking that you spend the holiday with just your household that means sitting down to dinner with only the people you live with,” Ford told reporters.
Ford say he and his wife will be celebrating with two of their four daughters.
It’s a more simple message than the mixed one that went out earlier and the Premier admits, his communication needs some improvement.
“I get it, I honestly do sometimes the messaging isn’t as clear as it should be and it all comes down to communicating with each other better, and I think we all need to do a better job,” said Ford.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott shares the Premier’s concern about Thanksgiving possibly becoming a ‘super spreader’ event.
“Well, the numbers are very concerning to us and we’re watching them very carefully and with Thanksgiving, it is another opportunity for the community spread to grow but that’s why we’re asking people to please limit the size of your family gatherings to your household and to continue to follow public health rules,” said Elliott.
Meantime, the province announced it’s spending an additional $176M to expand access for mental health and addictions supports during the pandemic.