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Canada’s Top 10 Stupidest Winter COVID Restrictions

By True North - January 3, 2022

Keep children from saying ‘trick or treat’ too loudly, wear masks during sex, even better, do it through a wall.

Canada has seen its share of weird, heartless and even contradictory COVID restrictions over the past two years, all in the name of "keeping us safe".

With another holiday season upon us and government lockdowns coming down yet again, True North News has gathered together some of the strangest and most heartless restrictions and recommendations from across the country.

10. Needing to show a vaccine passport to get into a museum but not a library (Manitoba).

Because in Manitoba, COVID doesn’t like to read over the holidays but apparently is sophisticated enough to want to take in a historical exhibit. What happens if you dare to read something in a museum?

9. Recommending a “virtual ugly holiday sweater party” instead of a real Christmas party (Yukon).

Are government lockdowns preventing you from seeing loved ones in-person over the holidays? Not to worry! The Yukon government web page lists a variety of alternatives to an in-person get-together. One, “hold a virtual ugly holiday sweater party,” includes all the steps and instructions, including step two: “create or buy an ugly holiday sweater.” Thanks, government!

8. No singing (Ontario, Nunavut).

Nunavut wins this one for specifying that there’s no singing in church. In Ontario, you can still sing publicly if you’re a professional – so if you do karaoke with your friends, make sure they throw money at you.

Nova Scotia gets an honorable mention for allowing solos but no choirs.

Yukon gets another for recommending against “chanting” and “shouting.” We’re not sure about yodeling.

7. No dancing (B.C., Ontario)

Where’s Kevin Bacon when you need him? No, this isn’t the set of Footloose – some Canadian provinces really banned dancing.

B.C. wants “no dancing” and “no mingling” this Christmas – just masked people trying to speak across their tables from their socially distanced chairs. Ontario allows dancing, but – as with singing – only if you’re a professional.

Nova Scotia gets an honorable mention for allowing masked dancing, thereby turning every club into a cheap masquerade.

6. Making parents show vaccine passports to see their children at school (Nova Scotia).

True North broke the story that Nova Scotia’s school boards were making parents show proof of vaccination to visit their children’s schools – even though the policy specifically excludes parents. Not that it mattered – the government cancelled all concerts and shut down the schools over COVID a few days later.

5. Advising double-vaccinated people to stay away from triple-vaccinated relatives (Ontario)

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Kieran Moore doubled down on his recommendation in October that children should say “trick or treat” quietly – this time by suggesting that fully-vaccinated adults should still stay away from their triple-vaccinated loved ones this Christmas. Good luck with that one…

4. Allowing grocery stores to bar unvaccinated customers (New Brunswick)

Until recently, New Brunswick had given food retailers the option of denying entry to unvaccinated individuals. At least one business went for it. True North helped shine a light on the policy, and major backlash forced the government to reverse it.

3. Unvaccinated people can’t attend worship (Quebec,