Gatherings at Christmas: if we lose control, “it’ll be just too bad”, warns Arruda

The holiday grace period announced Thursday evening by the Legault government is conditional on the situation remaining under control, national public health director Horacio Arruda recalled on Friday, who insists on the need to maintain efforts until Christmas. .

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“It’s a risk, that’s clear, but it’s a calculated risk and it’s conditional on being at a stage that’s quite low. If we are accelerating towards the top of the cases, it will be just too bad“, He warned in an interview on the airwaves of LCN.

Public health and the government are giving themselves until December 17 to validate their holiday game plan, but confirmation could come sooner if the situation improves at the provincial level.

However, the Dr Arruda estimates that if the number of hospitalizations increases, for example, from nearly 600 to 1,200 by the holidays, Quebecers will probably have to put aside the gatherings.

But if Quebecers maintain their current level of effort and the situation is corrected in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, the Dr Horacio Arruda is optimistic that the indicators will improve.

“Make the effort now,” he pleads. If Montreal maintains its slightly downward trend and if in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean we correct ourselves, what we see for the impact on hospitalizations will correct. ”

A question of flexibility

If all goes according to plan, the government will allow rallies from December 24 to 27, but that does not mean seeing loved ones during the four days.

Rather, this decision was taken with the aim of offering as much flexibility as possible to workers to gather with their relatives.

“Now is not the time to have four days of parties, from morning to night. You are given an opportunity to have a family meal together, ”insists Dr Arruda.

It also calls for the judgment of Quebecers with regard to interregional travel, which is not recommended by public health.

“Ideally, we don’t. And if you go from a red zone to a yellow zone, for example in Abitibi, you are not supposed to go to the restaurant. We will not put a police behind each person, but it would not be funny to go and infect Grandma on her last Christmas because we did not follow the instructions. ”

Quebecers who want to take advantage of the holiday break to hit the ski slopes will be able to do so, provided they do not gather and do their shopping in advance.

On the other hand, Dr. Arruda believes that it is still “far too early” to start traveling again, even if many Quebecers are thinking of flying south during the holidays.

“We all dream of traveling and going to the seaside, but I think it’s too early now,” he said.

Those who decide to override this recommendation will absolutely have to do a quarantine on their return, as required by law.

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