In a statement released Tuesday, the province announced the change – which applies to specific events, including festivals, fireworks, rodeos, sporting events and outdoor shows.
“It is very specific to these more structured, public type community events where there are not many people who mix and mingle in a smaller social environment,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health from Alberta at a press conference. Tuesday afternoon.
“These more structured external events do not seem to be the source of much transmission, and we felt it was safe to increase the numbers in this very specific context, as well as any public policy that remains in place. ”
All public health measures, including physical distance, remain in place and officials noted that any seated event should also provide seating to maintain the appropriate distance between guests.
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The 100 person limit, however, still applies to other outdoor events, including wedding ceremonies and funeral services, said Hinshaw.
“A wedding ceremony, when the main purpose may be to watch this ceremony, it is very difficult to prevent people from socializing who know each other in this context,” she said.
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“So we kept private meetings like funerals and weddings to the limit of 100, even in an outdoor setting, because of this added element of social interaction. “
Why are weddings in Alberta not within the broad limit of outdoor gatherings?
A gathering limit was first introduced in mid-March after the declaration of a provincial state of emergency, and health officials have noted that limiting the number of people in a confined area can help slow it down. spread of the virus.
The collection limit for outdoor spaces has increased several times in the past three months. The province has noted this because research suggests that the virus has lower rates of outdoor transmission.
“Looking at our numbers, looking at where the transmission took place, what we have seen is that the vast majority of the transmission that took place occurred in social settings,” said Hinshaw. “Especially in social gatherings or sometimes work meetings where people are close to each other, usually indoors. “
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However, officials have warned that any type of large meeting would increase the risk of spread.
With the increase, officials also noted that Alberta Health will continue to monitor the number of cases and may need to adjust the limit if necessary.
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Alberta case numbers
Hinshaw confirmed 41 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total of active cases to 547.
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