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Richmond councillor tests positive for COVID, urges residents to follow public health orders

Richmond city councillor Andy Hobbs had to cancel all Christmas plans this year.
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Richmond city councillor Andy Hobbs said he has to spend the holiday season with his wife alone at home.

Richmond city councillor Andy Hobbs has tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging residents to closely follow the public health orders that come into force tonight.

Hobbs, who took a test on Monday and returned with a positive result, is now in isolation at home with mild symptoms, he told the Richmond News on Wednesday morning.

He has also notified those he has been in close contact with. 

Hobbs is coming to terms with the fact he will be spending Christmas at home, alone with his wife, without seeing any family members, including his grandchildren. 

“It will be like the Hollywood movie: Home Alone. All breakfast and dinner plans have been cancelled,” said Hobbs. 

Meanwhile, Hobbs wants to encourage everyone to continue to follow all public health measures, such as booking a booster shot once it’s made available, wearing a mask, and practicing physical distancing.

Hobbs was pictured on Dec. 17 at rookie Liberal MP Parm Bains’ Christmas open house, three days before Hobbs tested positive.

He said he immediately notified Bains and other people he has been in close contact with after he tested positive. 

In case he missed anyone else, he decided to post on Twitter, saying he caught the virus.