“Don’t wait for the government to tell you what to do. Do what it takes now. “
- WATCH | Mayor Naheed Nenshi and CEMA Chief Tom Sampson urge Calgarians to do more to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during Friday’s press conference, in the Facebook video below
Their calls came the day after the Alberta government announced new restrictions on indoor social gatherings.
For two weeks, from November 13 to November 27, the province suspended indoor group fitness programs, team sports and group activities, and reduced the hours of operation of restaurants, bars and pubs and ended liquor sales at 10 p.m.
The measures apply to Edmonton and Calgary and surrounding areas, as well as Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Red Deer.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also said they would not be monitored by law enforcement.
“We’re not going to send police to monitor this,” Kenney said. “As much as what we have done, it inspires people to exercise personal and collective responsibility, so that we can avoid having to use more stringent measures. ”
After the new restrictions were announced on Thursday, the UCP government was criticized by some for not doing enough.
The measures are a far cry from those advocated in a letter sent Thursday to Kenney by a group of more than 430 Alberta doctors and three major health unions, who approved a targeted “circuit breaker” lockdown.
They called for strong, compulsory and time-bound measures to avoid an “imminent crisis in the health system”. Their recommended actions included:
- Homework guidelines for those who are able.
- Limiting contacts to those within the household or a support bubble.
- Restrictions on group recreational and sporting activities.
- Suspension of indoor group activities, including indoor dining, bars, casinos, church services and theaters
During Friday’s press conference, Nenshi said the city had “essentially zero” power to enforce restrictions when citizens violate the rules, under the terms of its agreement with the province.
Sampson told media he was writing a letter to provincial politicians asking Calgary police to have the authority to enforce the recent changes.
Nenshi said he believes Calgary should have that power.
“I have women and men with uniforms and notebooks who currently cannot write tickets,” Nenshi said. “And I think if there are people who are blatantly and blatantly endangering others, they should get a ticket. ”
Dr. Joe Vipond, an emergency physician at Rockyview Hospital and co-founder of Masks4Canada, told the Eyeopener de Calgary New government restrictions on Friday would do little to flatten the curve.
“I am so tired and I am so scared. This is not what Alberta needs. We really hoped we could learn from other people’s mistakes… and we just couldn’t do it, ”Vipond told me.
“This continued focus on personal responsibility has been the talking book for most of the Midwestern United States and the Rust Belt, and they’re drowning. And we continue to put these half measures. This is going to be bad.
“Shrink your bubble”
Nenshi and Sampson both urged Calgarians to do more to flatten the curve and save the economy in a city that has soared to more than 3,500 active cases in a matter of weeks.
In addition to washing their hands, physically distancing themselves, wearing masks and getting a flu shot, Nenshi warned Calgarians they must limit their contact.
“For now, it’s time to drop your bubble. It’s time to be with fewer people. [Premier Jason Kenney] told us that you shouldn’t have anyone in your house who doesn’t live there, ”Nenshi said.
Sampson echoed this sentiment and said social gatherings should be held outdoors. He encouraged Calgarians to cross-country ski and go for walks instead of welcoming their friends and family inside.
“I think we’re all exhausted, we’re frustrated, but we’re not defeated,” Sampson said.
“This is not the time to receive people. We made ourselves comfortable and with the cool temperatures being at home indoors is not a safe place if you are spending time with a large group.
“Renew your personal actions. It will take all of us – every corner of this province, every corner of this city – to do our best to bring those numbers down. ”
Record the number of cases, day by day
The Alberta government announced the new restrictions because, almost daily of late, the province has set a record number of new cases, active cases and, perhaps more worryingly, unit occupancy rates. intensive care and hospitalization.
The province reported 860 new cases on Thursday and now has a record 8,305 active cases.
The province reported that 225 people were in hospital on Thursday, including 51 in intensive care.
It has also reported 10 deaths, the most in a single day in Alberta since the start of the pandemic. This brings the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Alberta to 393.
Here is how active cases are distributed across the province:
- Calgary area: 3504.
- Zone d’Edmonton: 3387.
- South zone: 518.
- North Zone: 510.
- Central areas: 347.
- Unknown: 39.
Economy needs healthy people, officials say
Sampson and Nenshi stressed that the economy can only recover if Albertans are healthy.
“You can’t have an economy without health, and so at the end of the day what we need to do is do the right things now in order to save the economy,” Nenshi said.
Sampson said if we don’t work together to manage the spread now, it will become difficult for businesses to stay open as more restrictions will become inevitable.
“We didn’t come this far to only get so far,” Sampson said. “In the spring the challenge was, how do we reopen? Our new challenge is, how can we stay open? But it’s also, how can we stay safe?
“If we don’t succeed, we will definitely see more restrictions. No crystal ball is required. ”
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