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Quebec allows Christmas gatherings of ten people and extends high-school break

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In a much-anticipated press conference, Quebec Premier Francois Legault says Quebec will allow 10-person gatherings from Dec. 24 to 27.

"We propose to allow gatherings for four days, from Dec. 24 to 27, with a maximum of 10 people," Legault said late this afternoon. "But we ask people to limit their contacts as much as possible a week before and a week after," he said. "That way, when we see our friends and family, we'll limit the risk of contagion."

With the announcement, he also said that in order for this to be possible, all Quebec schools will have to close by Dec. 17 and students will have to continue their classes online for the last few days before the holidays. Furthermore, the province will also mandate a longer school break after the holidays, but only for secondary students who will return to school on January 11 while primary schools will open across Quebec as originally planned.

 “Throughout Quebec, we want families to gather,” said Legault. “Ideally, however, we want to have a type of confinement one week before and one week after Christmas as a sort of quarantine. We’re asking to limit contact as much as possible with others a week before and a week after.”

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