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Quebec to allow gatherings of up to 20 vaccinated people in homes

Quebec to allow gatherings of up to 20 vaccinated people in homes
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Earlier today, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that the number of people allowed to gather inside private Quebec homes will increase for the holidays.

In another easing of public health restrictions, Quebec will allow a maximum of 20 vaccinated people to gather in private residences as of December 23.

Dubé also urged Quebecers to continue following public health guidelines during parties such as wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.

"Public health, however, asks us to continue to limit our contacts if we want to continue to control the virus," he said.

"For the moment," there is no end date for the new gathering limit and no immediate plans to reverse the regulation, Dubé added, though public health will monitor the situation.

Dubé also announced that public health has given the green light to allow a select group of people to receive their booster shot, six months after their second dose.

Quebecers with chronic illnesses, health problems, those who are isolated in remote communities, healthcare workers, and pregnant women will be the first groups eligible as of Tuesday. Anyone 70 and older is currently eligible to book an appointment for a booster shot. Meanwhile, people 60 and older will be eligible in January.

Appointments can be made by visiting the Clic Santé website.

The health minister added there are still 640,000 people in Quebec who are not yet vaccinated.

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