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'I'll do anything I can do': Crooner Michael Bublé urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Michael Bublé to spread the word about staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. Now the singer is using social media to encourage physical distancing.

The singer is using social media, livestreaming from home to encourage physical distancing

Singer Michael Bublé, at the urging of health professionals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is using social media to encourage his fans to practice physical distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the government may be forced to enforce physical distancing rules, singer Michael Bublé is urging Canadians to take the message seriously.

"When you saw him speaking or sending out those tweets, I think ... it was a final appeal for Canadians to follow the rules," Bublé told q host Tom Power.

"Because if they refuse, I think he's going to take it out of our hands — and he should."

On Monday, Trudeau asked Bublé, and other Canadian celebrities, to spread the word about staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian crooner says he wasn't surprised.

By the time Trudeau shared the now-viral tweet — complete with a video message from his Rideau Cottage kitchen — Bublé says he had already heard from doctors and nurses pleading for help.

"I know I'm just some singer guy, but I told them I'll do anything I can do," he said in a phone interview on Friday.

Since those calls, Bublé says he's spoken with Canadian superstars — from hockey players Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretsky, to pop singer Justin Bieber — in hopes they too can spread the word.

Trudeau: 'Enough is enough. Go home and stay home.'

2 years ago
Duration 1:00
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says nothing that could help is 'off the table,' when it comes to enforcing self-isolation rules.

'We're at war'

In response to the pandemic, Bublé has cancelled dates for his U.S. tour until April 5. 

He's also taken to social media, posting videos and hosting daily livestreams on Facebook, to encourage followers to practice physical distancing and help "flatten the curve" — an effort to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and alleviate strain on Canada's health-care system.

True to his message, Bublé is hosting the livestreams with his wife Luisana Lopilato from their home.

"How long is it going to take for people, truly, to stop? I took my kids to Burnaby Mountain [and] there were people — 12 people, 12 kids — up on a mountain drinking beer," he said.

"Does it take your mom or your grandpa or your son to be on life support in a hospital to understand the seriousness — that we're at war?"

While Bublé says he's lucky to be able to take time off work — and acknowledges that many Canadians are struggling financially during the pandemic — he is also asking non-essential businesses to close their doors.

On Friday, the federal government announced a 75 per cent wage subsidy for small and medium businesses in an effort to thwart layoffs. 

Fill the days

With three children at home during the crisis, Bublé says physical distancing has been tough — especially when it comes to homeschooling.

"I've realized that there are so many things that I am — and one of the things that I am not is a teacher," he said.

Bublé says he and his family have been filling days with everything from writing lessons to aerobics "just to get everybody moving." The days are exhausting, he admitted.

'It's time to respect the enemy,' singer Michael Bublé says of COVID-19

2 years ago
Duration 1:04
Singer Michael Bublé is urging Canadians to follow physical distancing rules after the prime minister said the government may have to enforce it if people don't abide.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada grows, and Canadians continue to practice physical distancing, Bublé added that it's important to have perspective.

"It's been said now many times — it's become sort of a cliché — but our grandparents were asked to fight in a war," he said.

"We're just being asked to watch Netflix on the couch."

Written by Jason Vermes. Produced by Cora Nijhawan

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