Public health experts have some straightforward advice for people planning to travel over the holidays: don't.
The warning follows a poll by Abacus Data suggesting 33 per cent of Canadians plan to get together with friends or family outside their households, and 13 per cent are set to travel out of province to do it.
Ottawa has been bucking the provincial pandemic trend by keeping case numbers relatively low, but that will change if people gather over the coming holidays, said Earl Brown, professor emeritus of virology at the University of Ottawa.
Good for them. I support families assessing the situation and coming to a decision that feels right for them. For some families, that will be a Zoom or video visit. For other families, meeting in person is important. I am quite happy to see a non-compliance percentage that high. As the article mentioned, Ottawa is doing quite well with new case numbers. Hopefully if the doom-and-gloom scenario of massive infection increase fails to pass, then these experts are going to start looking sillier and more people are going to start questioning these restrictions.