The government has finally ended its moral contract and announced that Quebecers in the red zone will not be able to come together for the holidays.
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An announcement well received by an epidemiologist. “It’s wise,” says Dr. Nimâ Machouf.
“I think that with the sustained increase in cases that we have been experiencing since the last week and the increase in hospitalizations, it is rather wise to cancel,” adds the specialist.
The government was forced to make this decision to protect the health system and the workforce.
“Our healthcare system is fragile and the staff are tired, out of breath. We owe them that, ”explains Dr. Machouf.
According to her, this is an opportunity to rethink the celebrations and to have parties outside for example.
“Let’s change the concept, it won’t be around a turkey or a meat pie, it will be going to play sports and eat your pie all by yourself”
Gatherings prohibited in red zones are still permitted in yellow and orange zones. “Especially no transfer from the red zone to go see the family in the yellow zone, it is irresponsible”, implores the epidemiologist.
For those who will hold gatherings, the specialist advises to wear the mask when you are not eating and to ventilate the rooms.
“The government is having a hard time accepting it, but you have to be careful with the ambient air,” she said.