Mayor Lehman urges families to set fewer plates for Thanksgiving dinner

"This is not the year for the big family dinner"

With COVID-19 numbers rising Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman has echoed the advice of health officials to limit Thanksgiving dinner to those who live under the same roof.

“I know it’s a tough message. I know there are some that are skeptical, but please, don’t be. This is very dangerous, particularly for your older relatives. You may have no idea that you’re putting them at risk,” said Lehman. “Many of the cases are close contact of original cases and that’s the kind of thing you can avoid.”

Instead of getting your family together indoors – where transmission of the virus is heightened – Lehman suggests gathering the clan outdoors. “There’s no better time with the fall colours and the waterfront to go for a walk with your extended family. Stay six feet apart, go enjoy the waterfront, go enjoy Sunnidale Park, Ardagh Bluffs. It’s just a spectacular time of year.”

As for dinner, some have used Skype and Zoom to communicate with family during the pandemic. Lehman recommends coordinating dinner times between households allowing for some of the usual dinner-time conversations.