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'Absolute nightmare': Vancouverites react to idea of 'B.C. Hug Day'

Are you excited to give someone a hug again? 
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On May 25, 2021, Dr. Bonnie Henry said she pitched the idea of a "B.C. Hug Day" to Premier John Horgan to celebrate the return of the social embrace.

Are you excited to give someone a hug again? 

While some people can't wait to embrace loved ones, friends and even neighbours, others feel less enthusiastic about the idea. In fact, some people say they don't want anyone to hug them, regardless of who is doing the hugging. 

At least for now, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many people feel about social interactions. 

On Tuesday (May 25), Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters that she pitched the idea of a "B.C. Hug Day" to Premier John Horgan to celebrate the return of the social embrace.

Henry remarked that hugging is one of the things she misses most. "I've been trying to pitch to the premier that we should have B.C. Hug Day in July — when we get to that point where we're where we can take our masks off and have those closer social interactions that we used to have with people that we're close to whether that's family or friends," she said.

But not everyone is loving the idea. 

B.C. Hug Day

While many people are eager to hug friends and family, they aren't entirely supportive of a provincial day of hugging. Many people said they were worried that encouraging physical closeness with people outside of your household could be a recipe for disaster after an unprecedented year. 

Here are the results of our poll:

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Here is what some locals had to say about "B.C. Hug Day" on social media.