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Nearly half of Canadians visited family, friends over the holidays, new polls suggests

VANCOUVER –(CTV) A new poll has found nearly half of all Canadians visited with family and friends over the holidays, against the advice of health officials.

The survey was conducted online by Leger between Dec. 30, 2020 and Jan. 3, 2021. It asked a number of COVID-19 related questions to 1,506 Canadians and 1,003 Americans. 

On the question of visitations over the winter holiday break, the survey found 52 per cent of Canadians never saw people outside of the home, but 48 per cent answered either “rarely,” “occasionally” or “often.”

It appears British Columbians were more likely to stick with their household, by comparison. The poll found 61 per cent of people that live in the province never visited with family and friends outside the home, while 40 per cent said they did.

A public health order is still in place for B.C. requiring people to only socialize with members of their own household unless they live alone, in which case they are allowed to create a bubble of up to two people. The order was put in place Dec. 4, 2020 and is in effect until midnight on Jan. 8. 

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