VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While some British Columbians have struggled to understand COVID-19 pandemic protocols this holiday season, it turns out the Prime Minister too.
John Horgan also found himself changing his vacation plans after NEWS 1130 asked him on Thursday who would be at his table this Christmas.
He first said his son and daughter-in-law would come for dinner – a plan endorsed by Health Minister Adrian Dix.
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“Ellie and I are planning to reunite with my son and daughter-in-law – they are in our bubble – we live in separate houses but these are the only people who have been in our house and we are the only ones who have been. in their house, ”Horgan told NEWS 1130.
“My daughter, I have to admit, the teacher is worried because she doesn’t want to break any rules, but I checked with my boyfriend and he said everything was fine. So that’s our plan, the four of us will have something to eat on Christmas Day and that will be pretty much it.
But on Friday, the Prime Minister changed his mind.
After reflecting on what his daughter-in-law thinks about the situation, Horgan said his plans were scrapped, with the premier realizing it wouldn’t be right for his family or community.
“It’s a difficult time for everyone. I have to admit it. We all need to recognize that and find the best way to come together, to connect in a way that protects everyone, ”he said. “I have to be responsible to myself, my family and the community at large and the fact that I am a government official doesn’t change that.
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Under current provincial health ordinances, British Columbians have been instructed to stick to their immediate household bubbles during the holidays. The measures are in place until January 8.
Dix has repeatedly used the phrase “If in doubt, rule it out” during COVID-19 briefings to address the uncertainty around health measures.
Despite calls for clearer rules, Horgan said the government can’t dictate what people do at home, but hopes they make similar tough choices.
“We all have to take responsibility for ourselves and the people around us and that’s what Dr Henry asks people to do and that’s what I encourage people to do too,” Horgan said. .