As the coronavirus has spread, there are now more people infected outside China with Europe and North America the latest epicenters.
Canada has comparatively few cases but Chan is taking no chances.
“My parents are seniors. They are over 60 years old. I do want them to wear masks, just to play safe and prevent an unforeseen situation,” he said.
During Chinese New Year in January, when the virus was exploding in central China, Chan was in Canada.
He drove from Vancouver all the way to Seattle to buy masks ahead of his return to Hong Kong.
“But the ironic thing is that now I’m sending them back to Canada,” Chan told AFP. “C’est la vie.”