Red may be the colour of Christmas, but this year, it's better to be orange or yellow when it comes to the provincial government's colour-coded alert system, which dictates which regions are able to gather for Christmas in Quebec and which aren't.
However, for the ten regions that are in an orange or yellow alert, gatherings can still take place with limits depending on the zone.
Currently, the regions in orange alert and yellow alert zones are as follows:
- Bas-Saint-Laurent, except Matanie, Matapedia, Mitis and Rimouski-Neigette
- Laurentians, except Deux-Montagnes, Oka, Pointe-Calumet, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Mirabel, the Rivière-du-Nord RCM, the Thérèse-De Blainville RCM, the Laurentides RCM and the Pays-d'en-Haut RCM
- Outaouais, except Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais.
- Nord-du-Québec, except "the sectors of Chapais and Chibougamau and the surrounding areas located on the territory of the Regional Government Eeyou Istchee - James Bay"
- Grosse-Île and the Magdalen Islands
It's currently advised not to travel between regions.
If people do decide to gather in the zones where it is permitted, the government recommends a "voluntary confinement is recommended one week before and one week after the time of the gatherings."