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Health Minister Adrian Dix says he didn't give Premier Horgan the 'best advice' for his Christmas plan

The premier previously said he had planned on enjoying a nice Christmas dinner with two members of his family who don't live with him. 
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In today's COVID-19 briefing, Vancouver Is Awesome asked Dix exactly when he'd had a conversation with Horgan regarding gatherings at Christmas, but the health minister did not to provide a specific date. 

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says he gave Premier John Horgan "bad advice" regarding whether he could spend Christmas with his son and son's partner.

Earlier this month, NEWS1130 dropped a bombshell as they revealed the premier had planned on enjoying a nice Christmas dinner with two members of his family who don't live with him. 

The premier also boasted that he was staying safe, since he and his wife, as well as his son and his son's partner, don't see anyone outside of their homes; he added that they were inside his "bubble." 

Horgan also said that his buddy (health minister Dix) had okayed the gathering. 

However, the current Provincial Health order does not permit two households to gather. For most people, their core bubble is their immediate household. An immediate household is a group of people who live in the same dwelling. 

Horgan later changed his holiday plan, which he attributed to his daughter-in-law feeling concerned about the "rules."

Dix on the conversation with Horgan

In today's COVID-19 briefing, Vancouver Is Awesome asked Dix exactly when he'd had a conversation with Horgan regarding gatherings at Christmas, but the health minister did not provide a specific date. 

"I don't have dates and times of the discussion," Dix said. "Premier Horgan asked my advice on his circumstance and I don't think I gave him the best advice and I take responsibility for that."

Dix went on to say that Horgan "ultimately he got it right," and that is the "end of that story." 

For his own Christmas, Dix said he had dinner with his wife and that he had a "very nice time," but he didn't see his mother, and his wife didn't see hers, either. 

In order to keep COVID-19 cases from rising after the holidays, Dix added that everyone needs to follow the rules on New Year's Eve by staying with people in their own household and staying local.

Core bubble

For most people, their core bubble is their immediate household. An immediate household is a group of people who live in the same dwelling. For example:

  • If you have a rental suite in your home, the suite is a separate household
  • If you live in an apartment or house with roommates, you are all members of the same household

For others, including people who live alone, their core bubble may also contain a partner, relative, friend or co-parent who lives in a different household. This should be a maximum of two people outside of those living in your immediate household.

--With files from Bob Kronbauer.