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People in Canada keep pretending like we're not living in a pandemic

Although the battle against COVID-19 has been a part of our daily lives now for months, it still seems like some Canadians still don't fully get that we're in the midst of a life-threatening pandemic.

While most of us have been working hard to stop the virus from spreading, other people simply refuse to abide by important safety measures, such as social distancing, mask-wearing and practicing good hygiene. 

Take for instance the massive drumming circle that recently happened on Third Beach in Vancouver. 

Concerned B.C. resident Ryan Schapp took to Twitter to share his shock after witnessing the event on July 22. 

Across the other side of the country, a party in Niagara Falls drew a crowd of about 1,000 people last month.

Photos of the Colombia Independence Day Party, which took place on July 20, didn't appear to show many of the attendees were wearing masks or keeping the recommended two metres apart from each other.

On the subject of masks, incidents of people refusing to wear face coverings inside public establishments have been reported almost daily since the safety measure was first introduced. 

A man was caught on film having a complete meltdown after being asked to wear the protective garment in a Montreal Tim Hortons on the first day that face coverings became mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Quebec.

The incident, which took place in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and went on for more than four minutes, ended with police intervention as the man continued to refuse to don a mask or leave the establishment.

He was tackled to the ground and pepper sprayed for not cooperating, eventually removed from the Timmy's and arrested for interfering with police work.

Another issue which people seem to be having trouble with is self-isolation.

An Ontario man was slapped with a $1,130 fine for failing to observe the proper quarantine protocols after returning from Florida, according to the Chatham-Kent Police Service.

Police say that they received information that the man had returned from the United States and was failing to comply with the mandatory 14-day self-isolation order.

The 41-year-old Chatham-resident potentially exposed "not only his family and friends, but several members of our community," according to the statement from police.

While it's important to emphasize that most Canadians are doing everything that they can to keep the virus at bay, it seems like a select cohort of people will keep on pretending that nothing in the world has changed. 

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