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Time to plan that dinner party: Indoor gatherings will be permitted in Quebec, with strings attached

Indoor gatherings can take place across the province on June 22 so long as they follow similar rules concerning outdoor gatherings.

By JP Karwacki
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Following the announcement today by the Quebec government that restaurants can begin to open in the province on June 15—with the regions of Montreal and Joliette regions and in the city of L’Épiphanie following on June 22 to mark a complete reopening of restaurants—indoor gatherings will now be permitted throughout the province on the same dates.

The rules and recommendations in place are identical to that of the announcement about outdoor gatherings, with a few adjustments: A maximum of 10 people from up to three households may gather under one roof, but the government has recommends that people continue to socially distance from one another by staying two metres apart, and that surfaces which people touch frequently—doorknobs, for example—are disinfected after people leave. Generally speaking, people should avoid unnecessary contact with common surfaces and objects such as those.

As the government announces on its website, hosts should take note of the people who are invited and what date and time they came, as well as what activites were involved, so that public health authorities can conduct investigations in the event of an outbreak. As per usual, safe practices like hand-washing and wearing a face mask should take place, especially if social distancing can't be respected.

Of course food can be served, but meals where people can serve themselves should be avoided. Children can play together, "but with certain precautionary measures," reads the announcement. Further recommendations extend to people who might be at risk, such as those 70 years of age and over as well as those who may be immunocompromised, shouldn't attend indoor gatherings.

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