Many businesses may be shutting down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but kids can rest assured that the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny will keep working through the lockdowns — or at least in Ontario and Quebec, that is.
On Tuesday, following urging from Toronto mayor John Tory, Ford cleared up any doubt about everyone’s favourite hopping chocolate vehicle, with a formal declaration of the Easter Bunny’s “essential service” status in the province.
“Kids have simple things that they’re worried about,” Ford told reporters Tuesday. “So kids, the Easter Bunny has become an essential service, they’ll make sure they have the chocolate ready for Easter.”
Ford followed it up with an official, signed declaration of the fact that the big bunny with the basket of eggs can keep doing his thing.
“I hereby confirm that the Easter Bunny is an essential service provider and authorized to deliver Easter chocolate, candy and related treats to the children of Ontario,” the declaration read.
Of course, the declaration is quick to note that the Easter Bunny still isn’t allowed to deliver treats in areas closed or restricted due to the pandemic, such as playgrounds and public parks. Because even the Easter Bunny needs to obey social distancing guidelines.
Sharing the good news - the Easter Bunny is officially an essential service! pic.twitter.com/WO902xQOyD— Doug Ford (@fordnation) April 7, 2020
Quebec premier Francois Legault also made a statement of his own Tuesday, noting that the Tooth Fairy — well-known for exchanging children’s teeth for a shiny loonie or toonie — was also an essential worker, and in fact “immune” to the novel coronavirus.Honestly, it’s an important distinction to make considering we aren’t supposed to be letting anyone from outside into our homes right now, even mythical treat bringers. It’s good to hear that the Tooth Fairy is basically the Matt Damon in “Contagion” of this whole thing.
The declarations follow a similar move in New Zealand, where prime minister Jacinda Ardern declared both the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy to be “essential workers.”
But while she assured kids these figures would be permitted to continue their work, Ardern did warn it may not be possible to provide the usual level of service.
“So I say to the children of New Zealand, if the Easter Bunny doesn’t make it to your household, then we have to understand that it’s a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere,” Ardern told reporters.
Glad that’s all cleared up. No word yet on if Santa Claus is being prepped on proper health protocol — can reindeer get COVID-19? — should the pandemic extend into next winter.
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