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IMPORTANT UPDATE: How will Quebec’s “Holiday Pause” impact life in Eeyou Istchee?

December 16, 2020
Summary

This “Holiday Pause” will have little to no impact on life inside Eeyou Istchee, because of existing measures and precautions already in place

Content

On December 15, the Quebec government announced new restrictions to bring down the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the province. The so-called “Holiday Pause” includes measures to reduce travelling, gatherings, school, work, and retail activities. 

This “Holiday Pause” will have little to no impact on life inside Eeyou Istchee, because of existing measures and precautions already in place. The Cree Nation’s Local Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws, and Deconfinement Phases will continue to guide activities in our communities. 

Key points to retain: 

-As of December 17, Chibougamau and Chapais will revert to an Orange Zone level of risk. This means the communities of Mistissini, Ouje-Bougoumou and Waswanipi will be able to move to Phase 4 of deconfinement. Other communities (Nemaska, Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi, Whapmagoostui) will no longer require 14 days of self-isolation when returning from Chibougamau and Chapais. 

-All communities will be in Phase 4 of Deconfinement:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 150 people
  • Indoor gatherings up to 50 people with appropriate precautions
  • All businesses remain open, with required adaptations and precautionary measures in place
  • Daycares remain open with precautionary measures in place
  • Offices can remain open with appropriate adaptations and precautionary measures in place 

For more details, consult the Cree Nation Government Public Statement 

 

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