In a press conference on November 19, Premier François Legault announced new red-zone measures for gatherings this holiday season in Quebec.\nSome Quebecers will rejoice over getting to see their families at Christmas. But condensing gatherings to a four-day period — between December 24 and 27 — means New Year's Eve is going to be pretty lame.\nLegault asked those who see their families to self-isolate one week before and one week after gatherings. That means they're expected to be in self-isolation on December 31 and January 1.\nEditor's Choice: Here's What You Need To Know About Quebec's Plan For The Holidays\n\n\n“\n\n\nThere cannot be gatherings [on New Year's]. We have to concentrate the gatherings within four days. \n\n\nPremier François Legault, in a press conference on November 19\n\n\n\n"I understand there are people who will say, 'What do we do on New Year's?' We're listening to public health," he said.\n"If we allow gatherings on January 1, it will create problems for the week after." \nThis means regardless of your Christmas plans, you are expected to limit New Year's celebrations to members of your own household. \nLegault even suggested spending it watching Bye Bye, an annual Québécois New Year's Eve sketch comedy special on TV. \nLegault said that considering the gravity of the COVID-19 situation in Quebec, he hopes Quebecers understand the compromise of being able to gather with family the week before New Year's. \nAll red-zone restrictions introduced specifically for the holiday season in Quebec will depend on COVID-19 case numbers remaining stable until mid-December, he said.\n\n\nThis article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.