Statement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on March 31, 2021

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

March 31, 2021 – Ottawa, ON – Public Health Agency of Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As the Easter long weekend quickly approaches, I encourage everyone to plan ahead, think about the risks, and decide together on how to celebrate safely during the holidays, as we have done for many other occasions during COVID-19. Limiting in-person gatherings to your immediate household and avoiding non-essential travel are still the safest way to celebrate. Virtual events, such as dinners and egg hunts, or a physically distanced doorstep gift exchange are just a few ways to stay socially connected while still maintaining important traditions. Remember to include layers of individual public health practices as part of the planning – until we know more about the vaccine’s ability to prevent transmission, this remains important for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. And finally, check with your local public health authority

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