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Québec residents can soon have a few friends and relatives over, indoors!

Public health authorities in Québec announced on June 8 that it will soon be possible to meet in private indoor places, with a maximum number of 10 people.  It is requested that it be a maximum of 3 separate households and to comply with all the instructions which apply to any other gathering, in particular the minimum distance of 2 meters. Indoor gatherings will be allowed from June 15 outside the Metropolitan Community of Montréal, the regional county municipality of Joliette and the city of L’Épiphanie. For these territories, these gatherings will be allowed from June 22. These measures are consistent with the measures currently recommended for gatherings in an outdoor private place, which remain to be preferred, when the weather permits.

During these gatherings, the basic instructions must be observed at all times, including those concerning hand washing, avoiding unnecessary contact with common surfaces and objects and wearing a face covering if the minimum distance cannot be respected. Note that food can be served, but buffet style meals should be avoided. Children have the right to play together, but with certain precautionary measures.

It is recommended that those at risk, that is, people over the age of 70 or those who are more vulnerable to immunity, not to participate in such gatherings. In addition, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, who is investigating or who has symptoms compatible with this infection should stay at home and avoid gatherings.

Highlights:

People who receive at home are invited to take note of the people invited to their home, the date of their visit and the activities that took place. This will make it easier for the regional public health department to conduct investigations in the event of an outbreak.

Useful measures to put into practice include reserving a bathroom for guest use and often cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and switches.

People who receive are also invited to find solutions to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, for example by identifying the glasses with the names of the people, by serving dishes in separate bowls according to households or by demonstrating creativity in this sense.

Remember that if symptoms appear, it is always essential:

To isolate oneself in a room

To cough inside the elbow

Throw away your tissues immediately after use and wash your hands afterwards.

Consult the Self-care Guide or call line 1 877 644-4545 (or the number corresponding to the region concerned) for the measures to be taken.

To reach the info-coronavirus line, dial the area code of residence:

418 644-4545

450 644-4545

514 644-4545

819 644-4545

or 1 877 644-4545 (toll free)

To learn more about COVID-19 and the various measures implemented by the Government of Quebec: Quebec.ca / coronavirus.