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Premier Doug Ford declares Easter Bunny ‘essential service’ amid COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak: Doug Ford designates Easter Bunny’s work as “essential service”
WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier Doug Ford sought to assure Ontario kids that they would get a visit from the Easter Bunny on Tuesday, calling the holiday mascot’s work “an essential service.” Ford said he knows how difficult the COVID-19 health crisis has been, but asked families to do their best to enjoy the holiday.

Children across Ontario will still be able to get their holiday chocolate as Premier Doug Ford officially deemed the Easter Bunny an essential service amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“It’s so tough for the younger kids to explain what is going on right now … the kids have simple things they are worried about,” Ford said at a news conference Tuesday.

“So kids, the Easter Bunny is becoming an essential service and we’ll make sure they have the chocolates ready for Easter.”

The declaration was made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

“I hereby confirm that the Easter Bunny is an essential service provider authorized to deliver Easter chocolate, candy and related treats to the children of Ontario,” Ford wrote in an official statement.

READ MORE: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern deems Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny ‘essential workers’ during COVID-19

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The order also confirmed the Easter Bunny is not allowed to deliver treats in parks, playgrounds or any outdoor recreational amenities in Ontario, as though were closed down due to social distancing regulations a short time ago.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told media before Ford made the declaration that he hoped the Easter Bunny would be deemed essential.

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But he also urged families celebrating Easter, Passover or Ramadan this weekend to do so with the family they live with and are currently quarantining with. He said this included easter egg hunts.

“No Easter egg hunt is worth your life,” Tory stressed.

Earlier Tuesday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the same declaration for the Easter Bunny, as well as the Tooth Fairy, deeming them both “essential workers” during the outbreak.

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Ford said he knows how hard the pandemic has been and said he hopes everyone can enjoy the holiday weekend.

“I know it’s tough on families right now. Just enjoy Passover and Easter to the best of your ability. And thank you. Thank you so much, everyone,” he said.

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No word from Ford yet as to whether or not the Tooth Fairy will get the same treatment in Ontario.

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