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Safe and fun ways to celebrate the holiday season

From the Government of Ontario Website

Changes to holiday traditions can keep everyone safe. Try some of these fun activities this winter season.

  • Plan virtual holiday gatherings or events with family, friends or coworkers. Spread holiday cheer, not COVID-19. Make a tasty hot chocolate hack to drink while you’re chatting.
  • Build a snowman, go on a sleigh ride with people you live with or try another outdoor activity you can only do while it’s cold. If you live near an Ontario Park, consider exploring the outdoors in the park.
  • Visit Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves outdoors or take photos with fun cardboard cutouts. Remember to maintain 2 metres physical distance from other visitors to Santa’s workshop.
  • Consider celebrating the holiday with one other home if you live alone. No need to be singled out this holiday.
  • Watch a holiday or winter movie with the people you live with. If your kids are under 17, try a made-in-Ontario activity or video to help everyone learn at home.
  • Decorate your doors or put up lights around your home. Take a walk or drive around your neighbourhood to check out other peoples’ decorations. Be a wildlife detective while you’re out and about.
  • Light your menorah or kinara with the people you live with. The safest way to celebrate is only with the people who live in your home.
  • Bake holiday treats at home. You could even try a new recipe.
  • Donate to your favourite holiday charity or toy drive. You can make a difference this holiday.
  • Send cards or gifts in the mail and give the gift of good health.

Winter holidays may look a little different this year, but they can still be a lot of fun. We all must make changes to our holiday traditions to help keep everyone safe.

The safest way to celebrate in-person is with the people you live with, or with one additional household if you live alone. Celebrate virtually with everyone else.

A friendly reminder! To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, you should:

  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Keep 2 meters of physical distance from everyone you don’t live with, including family and friends
  • Avoid travelling to lower transmission areas, unless it’s essential (for example, do not travel from an orange zone to a yellow zone unless you have to)
  • Not host or attend gatherings with more people than are permitted for your area
  • Wear a face covering inside public spaces, outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Consider a self-quarantine for two weeks before travelling if you are a student who is planning to go home for the holidays

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