It looks like Canada could be in for a long battle when it comes to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Eileen de Villa, the Medical Officer of Health, informed residents on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that Canada could be expected to continue to social distance for the next 12 weeks.
According to de Villa, Canadians should be practicing social distancing for the next 12 weeks. This means, that they’re expected to only leave their houses to get essential products and for other necessary outings.
“Based on the experiences of other jurisdictions, it is my belief that these measures may need to be in place for up to 12 weeks,” de Villa said while updating the public on the state of the outbreak.
“In using the strongest terms possible to advise the public to stay home as much as possible and only go out when needed for essentials,” she added.
New measures being enforced will include “enhanced social distancing” and the reduction of open worksites and businesses.
According to de Villa, the public should only be leaving their houses to get access to health care, shop for groceries once a week, walk their pets and get exercise.
All of these activities should be done while practicing social distancing.