Kenney unveils new COVID restrictions after weeks of pressure

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Places of worship are limited to a maximum of one third of normal attendance per service. Physical distance between households and masking are necessary. Faith leaders are encouraged to move services online.

Face-to-face faith group meetings can continue, but must maintain a physical distance.

These measures will remain in place for three weeks.

The province is also making the use of masks mandatory in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as surrounding areas. This measure differs from the mandatory mask regulations already in place in these cities, as it applies to all indoor workplaces.

Failure to comply with mandatory restrictions could result in fines of up to $ 1,000 per offense and up to $ 100,000 in court, depending on the province.

“These restrictions aren’t about our preferences, they’re not about politics, they’re not about abstractions,” said Kenney, who was joined by Health Minister Tyler Shandro, the Chief Executive Officer of Health Services from Alberta, Dr. Verna Yiu, and the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta. Health worker Dr Deena Hinshaw for the announcement.

“They aim both to protect people’s lives and the livelihoods they depend on.”

Side Street Pub and Grill waitress Kata Supernault watches Alberta Premier Jason Kenney impose new restrictions to help fight the rise of COVID-19 in Calgary on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Photo par Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia

In the past month, Alberta has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections, with hospitalizations and ICU admissions breaking records. Alberta reported 16 more deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the province to 492 since March.

As of October 23, there were 91 hospitalizations, with 13 COVID patients in the ICU, according to provincial data. Hospitalizations reached 348, while ICU admissions more than quadrupled to 66 on Tuesday.

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