Nunavik families told to keep Christmas gatherings small
Gathering sizes based on community’s COVID-19 alert level
Families in Nunavik can host small, indoor gatherings during the Christmas holidays, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services announced Thursday, as the downward trend in active COVID-19 cases continues.
The board unveiled its holiday gathering guidelines on Facebook, which are in effect between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3. The guidelines vary between municipalities, and are determined by Quebec’s colour-coded alert levels.
In the two communities that remain on red alert, Akulivik and Salluit, indoor gatherings involving a maximum of only two households are allowed. The board says only the same two households should be interacting with each other indoors.
In the two communities on yellow alert, Kuujjuarapik and Kangiqsualujjuaq, gatherings of 20 people are allowed, if everyone is fully vaccinated.
In communities with an orange or orange+ alert level, which includes the rest of Nunavik, gatherings of 10 people or five guests are allowed.
Region-wide, the board is not setting limits for outdoor gatherings, as long as people are physical distancing and organizers are keeping track of participants.
Cases across Nunavik continue to trend downward. On Thursday, the board reported no new cases of COVID-19. Across the region, there were 17 active cases as of Thursday, including 13 in Salluit.