Legault to make announcement about holiday school closing today

Nov 19 2020, 7:05 am

Quebec Premier François Legault will hold a press conference at 5 pm on Thursday, where he is expected to announce the province’s extended holiday school closings.

The premier will be joined by Quebec’s Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, Health Minister Christian Dubé, and the province’s director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda.

On Wednesday, Legault said the government is “looking into” extending the Christmas break by a week or two so that there is a “type of quarantine before kids go back to school after having small family gatherings.”

While referring to the upcoming holiday season, Legault said he is in “constant discussions” with public health regarding how the province wants to spend the holidays. He says there will be no big parties with 25 to 50 people and says a final decision on Christmas regulations is coming.

“I understand there are Quebecers who need to start planning now, but there are a lot of questions up in the air,” he said on Wednesday from Quebec City. “The faster we reach an agreement, the faster everyone can start planning Christmas.”

Legault says to give citizens a chance of seeing people during the holidays: “We need to make efforts towards mid-December, have a lower number of cases, a good control of the situation, and a lower number of hospitalizations.”

Today’s presser may also include further restrictions on public gatherings during December and the start of January, which would coincide with students returning to school in mid-January.

The 5 pm press conference will be available on the premier’s Twitter account and Facebook page.

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