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COVID-19 Holiday Restrictions in Orange Zone

LOCAL NEWS - DECEMBER 21, 2020 - What you need to know about the holiday restrictions in an orange zone

Lots of questions have been emerging in the region following the North Shore moving to an orange zone alert level 3 last week for the North Shore, especially regarding holiday gatherings and parties. CFBS is awaiting info from the local Sûreté du Québec police regarding what the fines will be given for those who do not follow the directives regarding holiday gatherings.

Here is a recap of what you should know taken from the Quebec government website,


Gatherings of no more than six people will be permitted in regions and areas located in alert (orange) zones. For these regions, it is recommended to do a voluntary confinement, one week before and one week after the time of the gatherings.


Activities such as office parties are prohibited in all regions.


Office worker telework is mandatory in all regions from December 17, 2020 to January 10, 2021, inclusively, except for workers whose physical presence is deemed by their employer to be required to maintain the ongoing activities of a public or private organization.


Childcare services (daycares, CPE and family care) will remain open. However, in order to limit contact during the Christmas holidays, families are advised to keep their children at home as much as possible and so inform their childcare provider beforehand.

As for preschool and elementary school students, they will stay home, and distance learning services will be provided from December 17, 2020 to January 10, 2021, inclusively, on the basis of their school calendar.

Secondary school students will stay home and distance learning services, according to the usual schedule, will be provided from December 17, 2020 to January 10, 2021 inclusively, according to their school calendar.

Specialized schools for children who need special services will stay open. In addition, exceptionally, some students with special needs may be allowed to attend school so as not to adversely affect their progress.


Emergency childcare services will be set up in schools but will only accept children whose parents are employed at a qualifying listed job and/or priority service. These services will be available according to the school calendar. This means that no emergency childcare services will be provided if a day off is scheduled.

Abbygail Wellman

CFBS Journalist

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