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Safe holidays

​​​​Celebrating Safely

If you’re celebrating a holiday or occasion, you must follow all provincial orders and public health measures. This may mean your celebrations look different than usual, but it will help to keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

Follow these tips:

·     Limit indoor gatherings to those who live in your household. If you live alone, you considering only gathering with one other household. 

·     Invite others to participate virtually. Set up a phone, tablet or laptop to connect with those outside your household. Or meet outdoors where you can keep distance between you!

·    Try creating new traditions – plan a fun outdoor family activity like a scavenger hunt or a hike. Or order take-out to your family/friend’s houses so you can all eat the same meal together while connecting virtually.

·    Give the gift of safety. Consider a drive-by celebration that everyone can take part in! If dropping off gifts or cards, please stay two metres (6 feet) apart from those outside your household.


Easter

For many, Easter will be different this year. We can still stay socially connected to one another even if we stay physically distant (examples of safe activities include: virtual dinner party, virtual egg hunt, drop-off or physically distanced doorstep gift/Easter egg exchanges).

 The transmission of COVID-19, including variants of concern is a risk in our area. Residents should keep within their immediate household for any Easter gatherings and celebrations to protect themselves and others, regardless of vaccination status.

Those who plan to gather with people outside their immediate household should make informed choices and choose lower risk activities and settings:

  • follow gathering size limits
  • remain outdoors to allow for the greatest physical distance possible
  •  avoid closed spaces and crowded places

 ​ Follow personal protective practices such as: 

  • keep interactions as few, as brief, and from the greatest distance possible
  •  wear a non-medical mask, whether in indoor or outdoor shared spaces
  • perform hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

No matter how you plan to celebrate Easter, show kindness and respect to others by maintaining a physical distance, wearing a non-medical mask, and staying home and away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Mental Health

Feelings of stress are common during the holiday season, including Easter and may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may be experiencing: 

  •    fear of getting sick with COVID-19 or of making others sick
  •    family conflict resulting from differences in risk comfort level
  •    sadness about breaking important family traditions or being away from loved one.
​Take care of your mental health. Start coping with your emotions early and acknowledge any negative emotions. These may be feelings of sadness or disappointment about missing a holiday celebrations or religious gathering.   
  • Know that it’s okay to skip family gatherings to protect yourself, your family and your community.
  • If you live alone, consider spending Easter with another household.
  • Consider getting outside for exercise, lower-risk socializing, and positive mental health and well-being.​ ​​​​​
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