Although nothing has been finalized, Legault said one possibility being considered in consultation with public health is to extend the winter school break by one or two weeks, with classes resuming in mid-January.
There would be no online classes during this time, he said.
Legault indicated that a decision will be made public shortly, within a month of Christmas, so that those who prepare “the turkeys, their pies and all that” will know how many people will be present.
Dr Horacio Arruda, the province’s public health director, said extending the break would reduce the number of contacts after a busy vacation period.
He said closing schools before the break would be more difficult, as people will be busy getting ready and more likely to socialize.
Legault said he does not anticipate any lifting of the restrictions after the second 28-day partial lockdown, which will end on November 23.
He said the rules for gatherings during the holidays will be the same across the province, regardless of the COVID-19 situation.