A co-host of CTV Morning Live Winnipeg has apologized to viewers for opening Monday’s show by saying he "broke the law a little bit" by violating pandemic restrictions this weekend.
This morning’s co-hosts, Nicole Dubé and Katherine Dow, did not speak about Michael Hutchinson’s statement — made via Skype — before or after it was shown Tuesday.
"I fully concede that I made a mistake with a friend’s visit and accept all responsibility if this constitutes a breach of COVID restrictions," Hutchinson said. "I sincerely apologize to the CTV audience, those on the front lines of the pandemic and my co-workers."
Hutchinson opened Monday’s show by saying, "It was a great weekend, I had, you know, met some friends that I didn’t expect to meet, against the restrictions. I guess I broke the law a little bit."
He added, "Nowadays with all the restrictions, you go over to somebody’s house, and you’re in the bad place. I think everybody’s feeling a bit tough this morning, and it was a tough weekend."
In the statement aired Tuesday, Hutchinson said his family is usually "very careful" in following pandemic restrictions and did not see his mother or mother-in-law over Mother’s Day weekend.
"I also apologize if I came off as flippant," he said. "I like to help people, so it was a concern for me that, in my efforts to help those around me, I broke the rules."
Hutchinson ended his statement by saying he will be "staying home for the next two weeks to ensure that my work environment is safe and I have not brought anything back to the workplace."