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How to Enjoy Winter Holidays Safely

How to Enjoy Winter Holidays Safely

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Happy Holidays Despite the Pandemic

When the 28-day pre-holiday lockdown was announced by Doug Ford, we anticipated disappointment as residents would have to consider alternative plans against their usual traditions. For the first time in history, we’ve been asked to celebrate the holidays with our immediate household but a recent poll by Angus Reid Institute discovered that about one-third of Canadians plan to visit friends and family over the holidays despite the warnings. Not only are some risking fines to gather with their extended families, some people are considering catching flights to head down south to escape the cold weather. As your trusted security provider, we want you to make wise decisions that minimize health and safety risks, but we also want you to live happily with peace of mind. We can’t determine how long the lockdown will last but we have hope for the new year and the 2021 innovations.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health continues to report record high new cases of the coronavirus, especially in Toronto, so we need to make informed decisions to keep our families and each other safe and healthy. Toronto and Peel started off as the first regions in Canada to enforce strict lockdown measures yet neighbouring areas were left open to visit in small groups while socially distancing. This week, York Region and Windsor-Essex follow suit by entering the grey zone (lockdown) just as the first batch of vaccines from Pfizer arrives in the Province. The Government continues to safeguard our hospitals and medical facilities responsibly by updating regulations as needed, so we suggest that you check for your zone’s latest measures and restrictions before making plans.

If you are traveling internationally you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, the province will no longer provide free tests, so you will have to pay about $199 plus tax. It is your responsibility that you complete the COVID-19 test and receive the results before you fly. Check the Government of Canada’s Travel restrictions, exceptions and advice page for detailed information as well as your destination’s government website for their specific regulations. The Toronto police are also warning you to make arrangements for parcel deliveries to be monitored closely to avoid package theft. If you are an Executive Client, please make arrangements for our Operatives to pick-up and store your deliveries until you return from your trip.

Safe Options to Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive

1) You can still participate in free virtual events and activities.

Thanks to technology, there are a variety of virtual experiences and events available to keep you engaged and entertained.

For New Year’s Eve, you can watch The Ball Drop live in Times Square, New York City, from the comfort and warmth of your home.

2) Support Arts & Entertainment.

Alongside struggling retailers, entertainment venues that have been forced to close their doors are hoping to gain the public’s support for their content available for purchase.

  • Watch The National Ballet of Canada’s “The Nutcracker” from now until January 2nd, 2021.
  • Get a virtual concert ticket from Toronto Symphony Orchestra to hear seasonal songs written and performed by celebrated Métis singer Andrea Menard and Canadian guitarist Robert Walsh and participate in a special at-home audience sing-along and a virtual visit from you-know-who will put a bow on this good time for all ages.
  • Experience the artful IMMERSIVE Van Gogh Exhibit produced by Lighthouse Immersive.
  • Watch Ontario’s very own Justin Bieber on New Year’s Eve live at his virtual concert “NYE Live
  • Enjoy the Toronto International Film Festival’s Variety of Digital Screenings.
  • Bookmark Live Nation’s virtual concerts like Gordon Lightfoot or Sarah Brightman’s Christmas Symphony.
  • Bundle-up and head to Ontario Place’s Drive-In for a family friendly Hollywood hit.
3) Enjoy a variety of outdoor light displays—this year there are more than usual.
  • Head to the Junction for their 1st Annual Window Wonderland where you can see local storefronts transformed into a Window Wonderland exhibition.
  • Drive through Canada’s first Multi-Level Drive through experience, Polar, at Pearson Airport. Don’t want to drive? Ask us about our Secure Transportation services (Exclusive to our Executive Clients)
  • Head to the Toronto Zoo with the kids to experience their Holiday Drive Thru
  • View the spectacle of lights on the Casa Loma grounds. Their Holiday Light Tour has been extended until January 31st.
4) You can still decorate your home, bake your favourite holiday treats, dress to the nines and exchange gifts.

Be creative and try something new this year but don’t forget…

1) Wash your hands.
2) Wear a Mask.
3) Social Distance.


Even though, the lockdown has been extended to other regions across Canada, Toronto District School Board has closed 9 schools until the New Year and the Ontario legislature has adjourned until February, there are signs of case numbers leveling out as we begin to distribute the first round of vaccinations. As we digest the local news and try to understand the justifications for the new regulations, we encourage you to stay informed and be respectful to other’s opinions—we need to instill the holiday spirit into our communities and get along with our neighbours. We encourage you to support local businesses as much as possible as we await our city’s re-opening. We wish you and your families a healthy and safe holiday season and a prosperous and happy New Year.


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