Alberta’s new COVID-19 restrictions to move schools online, close patios and limit outdoor gatherings to 5 – fr

Alberta’s new COVID-19 restrictions to move schools online, close patios and limit outdoor gatherings to 5 – fr

EDMONTON – The latest public health restrictions in Alberta to reduce cases of COVID-19 were announced Tuesday by Premier Jason Kenney in a live televised speech.

The emergency management cabinet committee met earlier Tuesday to approve new measures to help protect the health care system in the province.

Each of the measures announced will apply to Albertans, businesses and municipalities in areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 population and 30 or more active cases.

The measures included moving all K-12 classes to e-learning at home from Friday until at least May 25. All post-secondary institutions will also be limited to online delivery.

Workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks will be required to close for 10 days, with exemptions for critical workplaces.

Retail businesses will see their capacity reduced to 10 percent of their fire code or a minimum of five customers, effective immediately.

Restaurants on the patio will close alongside hair salons, tattoo parlors, barbers and nail salons, starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 9.

Restaurants will be limited to take out and delivery only under the new restrictions.

Outdoor social gatherings, currently limited to 10 people, will be capped at 5, with a strong recommendation that people limit these gatherings to no more than two family cohorts, Kenney said.

Places of worship will be limited to 15 people, as they were last spring during the first wave of the pandemic.

Attendance at the funeral will be limited to 10 people, instead of the 20 people currently allowed.

“Governments must not undermine the rights and livelihoods of peoples unless it is absolutely necessary to save lives,” Kenney said. “Unfortunately, this is the situation we are facing today.”

“We will not allow our health care system to be overwhelmed,” he added.

Alberta reports the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in all of Canada and the United States.

According to Health Canada, Alberta leads the country for COVID-19 infections per capita. As of Monday, the province had 308 cases per 100,000 population, while Ontario had 170, Nunavut had reported 163 and Saskatchewan 138.

“I know this is all disheartening to hear,” Kenney said. “No one wants to be here, especially after 14 months with several waves of this pandemic.”

“But our commitment to the health and safety of Albertans must come first.


Kenney said enforcement of public health measures would increase. Fines for violating public health measures will double from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000.

The maximum fines for serious offenses remain at $ 100,000.

The Prime Minister added that there would be “stricter enforcement” protocols for repeat offenders, but did not give more details.

“We will not tolerate those who endanger the health of their fellow Albertans,” he said.

Kenney and Dr Deena Hinshaw will host a press conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to answer questions from the media and provide a recap of the new COVID-19 restrictions being implemented.

The Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Health will be joined by Minister of Health Tyler Shandro, Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Justice Kaycee Madu.


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