While the government is going to permit limited gatherings during the holiday season in Quebec, National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Premier François Legault made clear that zone-to-zone travel will still be discouraged in the month ahead.

According to current rules, travelling red-zone residents aren't allowed to take part in any activities that are banned in their own region.

Dr. Arruda put it simply: "Remember that when you come from a red area, you have to apply the same [rules] in the area where you are going."

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This is not recommended. If it's done, let's say there are particular situations where it has to be done — many, many precautions.

Horacio Arruda

Even though travel isn't recommended, Arruda conceded that "we are aware that in certain situations this could happen."

"If it does happen," he said, "you really have to apply the measures."

Legault underlined that "it would be ill-advised" for residents to travel.

He gave the example of someone from Montreal wanting to go to their chalet in Mont-Tremblant. 

This person, he said, would have to bring their own food, stay at the chalet and not go to a restaurant.

Moreover, while private gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed from December 24 to 27, Quebecers still need to apply the two-metre distance rule with their loved ones.

The Government of Quebec is asking residents not to have any contact one week before and one week after Christmas in order to limit the spread.

Office parties and New Year's Day gatherings will not be permitted.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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