Quebec is relaxing COVID rules for Christmas. What are other places doing?

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In October, Germany’s Commissioner for Nursing Care advised citizens to celebrate in smaller groups, splitting up their normal gatherings over multiple days in what amount to “shifts.”

Another idea was proposed this week by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge: “Despite the cold, if local restrictions permit, gather outside with loved ones for picnics in the park.”

That might prove challenging in Quebec.

In France, which is currently going through its second COVID-19 lockdown, there is hope some measures might be relaxed in time for the holidays.

However, a government minister recently told Le Monde the Christmas question is “a massive headache.”

Prime Minister Jean Castex said this week it would be “unreasonable” to stage large gatherings and it’s also “a bit early” to put out rules for the festive period.

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