The Prime Minister is staying very busy during his self-isolation. After speaking about Canada’s borders on March 16, Justin Trudeau’s statement on March 17 included a more domestic focus. He urged Canadians to stay home instead of partying on St. Patrick’s Day.
After reminding everyone of the advice from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, Trudeau moved on to speak about how he wanted people to celebrate the important Irish holiday.
“This is an especially important day on St. Patrick’s Day. Lots of you probably had parties planned, or were going to head out with friends,” Trudeau said, “Now is the time to find another way to celebrate, and to do that at home.”
The Prime Minister acknowledged that people would most likely prefer that things return to normal. “I would too,” he said.
“But we all must take all action through social distancing to protect our health and the health of others.”
Statements about staying home and not going out unless absolutely necessary were reiterated by Trudeau, who also urged anyone who can do so to work remotely.
He added that people with kids should let them run around the house a little bit, saying “things will get better.”
On March 16, the Prime Minister announced strict measures to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, including closing Canadian borders to anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident (with the exception of US citizens).
A number of Canadian provinces have already put bans on large gatherings. Quebec, Alberta, and Saskatchewan have all placed a ban on events with more than 250 people.
Ontario and British Columbia, the provinces with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, have both placed bans on gatherings with more than 50 people.
As of 10:30 AM on March 17, there are 424 confirmed and 16 probable cases of COVID-19 across the country.