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Samedi, 09 décembre 2023

Managing the COVID 19 pandemic over the holidays

Photo by Chang-Duong

Tracey Arial

With a rise in cases, deaths, and hospitalizations due to the pandemic, the Quebec Government has cancelled all gatherings in red zones like Montreal. Schools are also now closed until January 11.

Most employees must work from home until then, except for those who work in essential services or those who are deemed essential on work sites for things line ongoing maintenance and repair.

Single parent families with young children and people living alone can celebrate the holidays with another family.

Couples living apart, with or without children, can celebrate the holidays together as a family.

What’s Open?

  • Cannabis stores (SQDC)
  • Centres and schools that provide services to people with special needs
  • Daycares, for essential workers only
  • Drug stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Liquor stores (SAQs) 
  • Outdoor group sports and recreational activities.


Vaccination Progress                                       

Workers with Quebec’s health ministry are beginning to administer vaccinations throughout the province, beginning with health care workers and vulnerable people aged 70 years or old living in institutions. As of this writing, they’ve administered 4010 doses of the vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, with the first ones at the Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal. Each person requires two doses and only people who are older than 16 can receive it. Eventually, the vaccine will be freely distributed throughout the city.

For more information, refer to Quebec’s holiday instructions page, Quebec Covid 19 Date page and CTV’s   CTV’s coverage of the vaccine roll-out.

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