Christmas amid a global pandemic will be a first for everyone. (Pexels)

Christmas amid a global pandemic will be a first for everyone. (Pexels)

POLL: How will you be spending the holidays this year?

The pandemic is sure to make this holiday season unlike any we’ve seen before

As we approach what promises to be a holiday season unlike any of us have experienced before, many people are likely contemplating their holiday plans.

Holidays amid a pandemic, or “COVID-Christmas” as some are calling it, is sure to present a number of unprecedented challenges and questions.

B.C.’s provincial government issued public health orders Nov. 19 that urge people to stay-put in their communities. However, that mandate is set to expire Dec. 7. In-province holiday travel may still be an option by Christmas if the public health orders are not extended any further.

B.C. has recorded hundreds of new cases each day for weeks. Monday, Dec. 1, the province recorded 656 new cases and 16 deaths. Over the weekend (Nov. 27 – 29) the province recorded 2,364 new cases and 46 deaths.

The daily numbers have been in that range for weeks now, which has many nervously wondering if the public health orders will be extended past the current end date of Dec. 7.

Obviously, in an ideal world, the health orders would be relaxed by Christmas. But at this point it’s impossible to say if that will happen.

While there probably won’t be any wild New Years Eve parties this year, as Christmas nears many people have already begun to make their holiday plans.

Whether or not most people are taking COVID-19 public health orders into consideration when planning for the holidays remains to be seen.

So, The Western News is reaching out to readers to find out how they plan on spending their COVID-Christmas. Will you be playing it safe at home with an entire turkey to yourself or going about your holidays as usual?

Let us know by voting in the poll below.

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