QC: A holiday break until January 10, 2021 inclusively
The Québec government has announced a hiatus during the holiday season, from December 17 to January 10 inclusive, in order to curb the increase in new COVID-19 cases.
Working from home will be mandatory from December 17, 2020 to January 10, 2021, except for those whose presence is deemed necessary by the employer for the pursuit of activities.
Non-essential businesses will be closed across the province from Dec. 25 through Jan. 11. The complete list of priority businesses is available here.
Almost all of the province's regions will be re-classified as red zones, with the only exceptions being Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Nord-du-Québec, the North Shore, Grosse-Ile and Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Nunavik and Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James, which will be classified as orange. Inter-regional travel between the regions is not recommended.
In regions and territories that are in the red zone, private gatherings are prohibited for the entire holiday season. However, single people will be allowed to join a family bubble, which must be the same during the holiday season, and the single person can be accompanied by their children.
Outdoor sports and recreational activities, in public places, in groups, will be permitted, but they must be limited to a maximum of eight people. The physical distance of two meters between people as well as the sanitary instructions must be respected.