and Philippe Langlois MISE & Agrave; DAY
COVID-19 invites itself for a second year in the end-of-year festivities. As Quebec considers backing off permission to allow gatherings of 20 people from December 23, our Bureau of Inquiry has taken a tour of the measures in place for Christmas in several Canadian provinces and around the world. The arrival of the Omicron variant has been a game-changer and the rules vary a lot from place to place. And that could all change again by December 25.
New Brunswick & nbsp; & nbsp;
- The same 20 people during the holidays & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 50 people outside & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ The province has put in place temporary measures in response to Omicron's arrival. Sports, activities and competitions for children under 12 are not currently permitted. In addition, the holiday break for kindergarten to grade 6 students will be brought forward by one week, starting on December 17.
Québec & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 20 people inside and outside & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ Quebec has announced an easing of indoor gatherings as of December 23. Gatherings in homes will be reduced from 10 to 20 guests. It is very strongly recommended that people be adequately vaccinated. The government is relying on the goodwill of the people, no monitoring will be done. & Nbsp;
Ontario & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 25 people inside & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 100 people outside & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ Ontario clarified that during the gift exchange activity, if participants are not adequately immunized, it is best to maintain a distance of 2 meters and wear a face covering. Hand washing is recommended after handling the gift.
Manitoba & nbsp; & nbsp;
- None restriction for people vaccinated & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ On the other hand, we limit the gathering to two families maximum in the presence of a unvaccinated person.
Alberta & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 10 people aged 18 years and more indoors & nbsp; & nbsp;
- < strong> 20 people maximum outdoors, with distancing between families at all times & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ Yesterday, the Alberta government relaxed its guidelines by allowing the unvaccinated to participate in indoor gatherings. However, there is no limit for those under the age of 18.
British Columbia & nbsp; & nbsp;
- No restriction inside (with exceptions) & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ The Fraser (Abbotsford, Chilliwack and others) and northern (Prince Rupert and others) regions have, however, tightened the rules for some communities. For the rest of the province, the authorities recommend that citizens celebrate in small groups and be vaccinated. & Nbsp;
Elsewhere in the world & nbsp; & nbsp;
The braces that people usually give each other during the holidays are not recommended in many countries, except for people living under the same roof.
France & nbsp; & nbsp;
- Limit gatherings & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ The COVID-19 Scientific Council suggests that organizers of family gatherings limit attendees, ensure vulnerable people are adequately vaccinated, and purchase self-tests to make them available to guests. We are also asking to limit the number of private festive gatherings.
◆ Discos are closed until January 6.
Switzerland & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 30 people inside & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 50 at the exterior & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ Meetings with family and friends indoors are limited to 30 people. However, the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP) recommends limiting access to people with a COVID-19 certificate when there are more than 10 people.
◆ For outside meetings, the maximum is 50 people.
Belgium & nbsp; & nbsp;
- Low capacity inside & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ For the moment, gatherings in private residences are allowed, but only in small numbers. Tourist accommodation can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.
Poland & nbsp;
◆ Since December 15, the maximum seating capacity in restaurants, bars, cinemas, sports facilities and cultural venues is 30%. The limit can only be increased after verifying a customer's COVID-19 certificate. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
United States & nbsp;
◆ Many states have no or very few restrictions for the holiday season. & Nbsp;
◆ The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offices are offering vaccinations to protect those who are not. eligible for vaccination, such as young people and vulnerable people. & nbsp;
◆ The CDC also suggests doing a self-test before joining an indoor gathering and keeping a distance of approximately 2 meters with people who are not part of the household. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
California & nbsp;
◆ California proposes to limit holiday home gatherings to small groups and for short periods. & nbsp;
◆ Wearing a mask is optional if all family members are properly vaccinated. Otherwise, short outdoor gatherings are recommended. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
Australia (New South Wales – Sydney) & nbsp; & nbsp;
- No restriction (vaccinated or not) & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ Australia's capital region relaxed health rules on December 15th. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can now assemble without limitation. Proof of vaccination is not required in most events. Even masks are no longer mandatory in several indoor locations.
Netherlands & nbsp; & nbsp;
- 4 visits per day maximum & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ The government asks the population not to receive more than four visitors per day and to keep 1.5 meters between people. It is also recommended to pass a self-test before receiving or visiting.
◆ Last Tuesday, the government of the Netherlands announced the extension of the measures already in place since November 28, such as the closing of shops in the evening. Between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., most establishments must close their doors. In addition, primary schools will take a break a week before Christmas and reopen on January 10.
United Kingdom & nbsp;
◆ Since last week, it is compulsory to wear a face cover indoors. In Scotland, it is asked to limit contact to two households. In Northern Ireland (not to be confused with Ireland) the indoor limit is 30 people. & Nbsp;
◆ In addition, those in charge of certain public places must verify that all persons 18 years of age and over are adequately vaccinated, have a negative result from a test carried out in the last 48 hours or have a special authorization. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
Ireland & nbsp; & nbsp;
- Limit of four households & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ The Government of Ireland allows family and social gatherings up to a maximum of four households. It is recommended to limit contact during the gathering.
◆ Social distancing rules are strict for restaurants and bars. A total of six adults and a maximum of 15 people, including children, can meet at the same table. The discos remain closed.
Latvia & nbsp; & nbsp;
- Maximum 10 people inside & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
◆ Until January 11, 2022, a total of 10 people are accepted in Latvia for private gatherings inside. Outside, 20 people are allowed.
Luxembourg & nbsp;
◆ In Luxembourg, the measures in force since November 1 allow gatherings in home up to 10 people. When a party accommodates 11 people or more, the wearing of a mask and a distance of 2 meters must be respected. Seating is mandatory for gatherings of more than 50 people. & Nbsp;
◆ The government also recommends limiting contact. & Nbsp;