Over the Christmas break, Quebec police have been busy ticketing families for gathering to celebrate Christmas together. 

According to the Canadian Press, 41 people have already received fines for breaking public health orders by hosting holiday gatherings. 

Quebec public health directives prohibit all gatherings for residents living in red zones with several exceptions. 

Those living alone are allowed to join another family, single-parent families with one or more minor children can join another family as well. The same applies for “a person who lives with his or her minor or adult dependent children and is a member of a couple with someone who does not live with them may have that other member and his or her dependent children visit them inside his or her private residence.”

Meanwhile, those living in orange alert regions can have gatherings up to six people, but people are recommended to isolate for one week before and after the gathering. 

On Sunday, 14 people were ticketed by the Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) for hosting an illegal gathering. 

In total, the SPVQ responded to 164 calls regarding COVID-19 violations over the weekend, according to spokesman Étienne Doyon.

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