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Beds would be made available by moving some patients to continuing care beds and canceling some elective surgeries, but some doctors questioned the feasibility of the plan due to understaffing.
Hinshaw said many of the restrictions announced by the province on Tuesday went into effect on Friday, particularly in businesses and services. The wave of new restrictions includes retail businesses capped at 25 percent capacity and places of worship with a maximum capacity of one-third.
In addition, all Alberta students in Grades 7 to 12 will switch to online learning starting Monday and will not return to school until after the holidays.
“I urge Albertans to be patient and kind in the days to come. If a queue is a bit longer than usual or if an employee asks you to follow a new policy that is in place, please don’t take your frustrations out on those workers, ”Hinshaw said.
“These new restrictions and measures create additional work and pressures for staff, owners and operators.”
Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu joined Hinshaw on Friday, who announced that about 700 more peace officers would be temporarily allowed to enforce public health orders, including the ban of all the social gatherings inside.
Fines will be as low as $ 1,000 and as high as $ 100,000 through the court system “in extreme cases,” Madu said.
Also on Friday, Hinshaw said that while some provinces are posting timelines for making a COVID-19 vaccine available, Alberta is yet to be able to commit to a concrete date for inoculation locally. , calling the vaccine date a “moving target”.