Well, at least there's no curfew – but you might have to cancel your post-Christmas party. Premier François Legault, flanked by his colleagues from the provincial health ministry, announced that gatherings of up to 10 people won't be allowed after December 25.
As of that day, six people or two household bubbles will be allowed to gather in a single household.
"From here to Sunday, we'll let people who really want to gather with 10 people do it," said Legault about the coming holiday gatherings.
"But on the other hand, if you are able to postpone your holiday party, do so."
Previously, the government planned to allow up to 20 people to gather in one household. Then, with the Omicron variant's sudden arrival and the corresponding rise of daily case counts, Legault and his ministers dropped that number to 10.
But Omicron's advance has been unstoppable – Legault said today's total, to be announced tomorrow, will top 9,000, easily setting a new record – so now, any more substantial weekend-long holiday plans will have to be cancelled.
The premier once again left the door open to further moves if they prove necessary.
"These measures we're announcing tonight, we think they are sufficient for keeping control of the hospitals," he said. "But we won't hesitate, in the next days, if it's necessary to add measures."
And Legault highlighted that older people, especially, should be considered before making holiday plans. "Seventy percent of people in the hospital are 60 years old or older," he said.
"It's a question of judgement — ideally, you stay at home [...] if you stay at home, there is almost no risk."
On December 22, the province recorded 6,361 new cases, 445 total hospitalizations with 88 of those patients in intensive care. There have been 501,698 cases officially reported in Quebec since the beginning of the pandemic.
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.