Indoor gatherings in Quebec will soon be allowed again. For all Quebec regions, except Greater Montreal, the Joliette MRC and L'Épiphanie, gathering indoors with your friends will be permitted as of June 15. For the other three places mentioned, locals will have to wait until June 22.*

To clarify, families and friends from three households maximum will be able to gather indoors.

In Montreal, ministers underlined that people must be careful when gathering because the situation is still being evaluated despite recent decreases in the daily number of COVID-19 cases. 

The news comes in the wake of the reopening of restaurants set to open again on the same dates mentioned for the p

Dr. Richard Massé, the strategic medical advisor to the Ministry of Health, said that "we're ready to authorize gatherings in private residences of 10 people maximum, always keeping a two-metre distance between each other." 

"We hesitated to reopen private indoor gatherings at first because of the associated risks involved," he said.

"It remains important to always clean your home when people are visiting and keep in mind to invite people who aren't sick or showing symptoms." 

"You have to be double and even triple careful in these situations." 

Below is a live feed of the conference where these announcements were made.

Dr. Massé explained that the real thing people should be focusing on when gathering indoors is that all people present are from a maximum of three different households.

"If there are people from three households, that means that the two metres apply between each household, which reduces the space," he clarified.

"I am aware that there are a lot of people who will not be able to accommodate 10 people in their homes. But we're putting a maximum because meetings at 15, 20, 25 are too risky."

But, the government official reminds us that it's up to us to make sure guidelines are followed.

Dr. Massé said, "There are precautions to be taken that must be maintained."

"Even if things get better, you really shouldn't let your guard down."

"We're being very careful. And, basically, security is something that everyone has to create at home, there for the people they invite."

* This article has been updated.

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