In a press conference on November 17, Premier François Legault hinted that Quebec might overcome the COVID-19 pandemic by next summer — at least for the most part.

The premier had a positive message for Quebecers on Tuesday, delivering the news that COVID-19 cases in the province have stabilized and have not seen "exponential" growth. 

He said, after talking to experts, Quebecers could return to an "almost normal" life by the summer of 2021 after a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for public use.

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Nothing is guaranteed . . . but [after speaking] with experts, we can [say] that maybe we'll be able to [have] an almost-normal life by next summer.

Premier François Legault, in a press conference on November 17

"It's very encouraging," he said. "We're going through the second wave well and we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel."

However, Legault emphasized that indicators are stable but still high, and measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

He clarified that discussions are taking place with public health to decide on COVID-19 holiday rules for December. 

"I'll repeat [it] [...] There won't be any big parties with 25 to 50 people," said Legault. "[We're looking at] the number of people we can reunite in homes without starting a new wave [of COVID-19]."

More information regarding Quebec's COVID-19 holiday rules will be released in the coming days, he said.

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