New COVID measures stem even more uncertainty but Exams go on
Bleak coronavirus numbers marked the 2021 end of the Fall semester exam period. December 20th numbers were enough to spark an announcement by the Legault government to begin new lockdown-style measures.
Exam schedules do not change
As of December 20th, Quebec has raced to close schools, bars, gyms and movie theatres from now until January 10th. These measures do not affect exam schedules at all. All students can report to their designated exam time and place.
Uncertainty for the January term
In theory, we could assume that in-person learning and class start dates remain the same for the January semester since the first day of classes is past the January 10th COVID measures end date. However, new announcements during the holidays will tend toward a lockdown and less toward an opening up of restrictions. For this reason, we must ask students, parents, and members of our staff to keep themselves informed of the COVID measures in the coming days and weeks.
The numbers will decide
Other new restrictions as of December 20th include:
- Stores will have reduced capacity (one client per 20 square metres)
- Places of worship will reduce capacity by 50 percent. Vaccine passports will be required, and people must be seated.
- Funerals and weddings can receive up to 25 people without requiring vaccine passports, but up to 250 people with passports.
- 50 percent capacity for public activities to a maximum of 250 people. People must stay seated and wear a mask at all times.
- Bars and restaurants must cut capacity by 50 percent, spacing tables as much as possible, with a maximum of 10 people per table. Dancing and karaoke are not permitted.
- Cinemas and theatres will also have capacity reduced by 50 percent.
- All tournaments and competitions are suspended as of Monday, with reduced capacity at gyms and other indoor training facilities.
In the end, new daily cases and hospitalizations are the key factors affecting changes to new confinement and social distancing measures in the coming year. But for now, we all got to keep our heads up high and hope for the best.