Quebec increases limit for indoor holiday gatherings, extends eligibility for 3rd doses
The Quebec government will allow private indoor gatherings of up to 20 vaccinated people as of Dec. 23, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced Tuesday. Dubé said public health is asking people to be responsible and continue to follow public health measures. No other easing of restrictions will be announced for the holidays, and other public health restrictions remain in effect.
The government did not announce a date for when the loosened rules on gatherings will end.
Currently, only 10 people or those from three different households are allowed in private homes.
More eligibility for booster shots
The province also announced third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are available for health-care workers, people with chronic illnesses and other health issues, people from isolated and remote communities and pregnant people, totalling 1 million more people eligible for the booster dose.
Currently in Quebec, booster doses are only available to people over 70, to people with weakened immune systems and to people who received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
People aged 60 and over will also be eligible for a third dose, but will have to wait for the beginning of January. Dubé said the reason for the delay is that the province has just enough staff right now to administer vaccines to seniors, young children and those already eligible for boosters.