Dec 03, 2020
By Jane Brown
Despite repeated messages from public health experts and political leaders to celebrate the coming holiday season with only members of your household, a new survey says nearly half of Canadians will ignore that guidance.
An Abacus Data survey reveals that 52-percent of respondents will not gather with family outside of their household during the holidays. But almost half say they still may or definitely will.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says he’s astounded by these results.
“To see that much in the way of people deciding that they’re going to either ignore or put that message aside is surprising, especially when you think about the fact that is potentially damaging to their own health, damaging to the health of their relatives, damaging to the health of their co-workers, their fellow students, it’s just doesn’t make any sense,” Tory told reporters.
Of those who are not going to heed the advice, 33-percent say they may still get together with family from different households, but will be extra cautious and safe.
Eight percent say they will get together with family for the holidays like they usually do, regardless of what health authorities say.
The survey was conducted with 1221 Canadian adults living outside Quebec from November 27th to December 2nd.