The latest news on restrictions and reopens:
- On Wednesday, the Alberta government unveiled its three-step “open for summer” plan, a strategy for lifting health restrictions that is directly linked to vaccination rates and the number of hospitalizations.
- Stage 1 of the reopening is scheduled to begin two weeks after 50 percent of Albertans aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine and COVID-19-related hospitalizations are below 800 and declining.
- First Jason Kenney said on Wednesday that Alberta would enter fully Stage 1 on June 1, since Alberta hit the 50 percent threshold for single-dose vaccination on May 18 and has hospitalizations well below 800. The numbers plummeted after the province imposed tougher public health restrictions again on May 4, to slow a huge surge in the spread of COVID-19 that threatened to overwhelm Alberta’s healthcare system.
- Province could be fully open at the beginning of July or sooner, Kenney says.
- Step 1, the province said in a press release, will do the following starting June 1:
- (As of May 28 🙂 The capacity limit for worship services increases to 15 percent of the occupancy of the fire prevention code. Distance and masking requirements remain in effect.
- Funeral ceremonies can accommodate up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers who are not considered guests. Receptions remain prohibited.
- Wedding ceremonies can have up to 10 people including officiant, bride / groom, witnesses and all photographers / videographers. Receptions remain prohibited.
- Personal and wellness services can reopen, by appointment only.
- Retail may increase to 15 percent of the fire code occupancy rate (must maintain the ability to distance itself).
- Outdoor physical, performance and recreational activities are allowed with up to 10 people apart, for all ages.
- Dining room on the outdoor patio can resume with a maximum of four people per table. Everyone at the table must be a member of the same household or for one person living alone, dinners are limited to two close contacts. Physical distance and other restrictions still apply.
- Social meetings inside are still not allowed.
- Outdoor social gatherings, with distancing, increase up to 10 people.
- 2nd step: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine and COVID-19-related hospitalizations are below 500 and declining.
- Outdoor social gatherings increase to 20 people, with remote setting. Wedding ceremonies can take place with up to 20 participants.
- Receptions are allowed outside only.
- Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 authorized persons, not counting establishment staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered as guests. Receptions are permitted outside only.
- Restaurants can accommodate tables for up to six people, indoors or outdoors. Dinners are no longer just for households. Physical distance and other restrictions still apply.
- Retail capacity increases to a third of the occupancy of the fire prevention code (must maintain the ability to distance themselves).
- Capacity for places of worship increases to a third of the occupancy of the fire prevention code.
- Gyms and other indoor fitness rooms open for solo and walk-in activities with a distance of three meters between participants and fitness classes can resume with a distance of three meters.
- Interior settings can open up to a third of the fire prevention code occupancy rate, including indoor recreation centers. This includes arenas, cinemas, theaters, museums, art galleries and libraries.
- Indoor and outdoor sports for young people and adults resume without any restrictions.
- Youth activities, such as day camps and play centers, may resume, with restrictions.
- Personal and wellness services can resume walk-in services.
- Post-secondary institutions can resume learning in person.
- the home work order is up but still recommended.
- Outdoor fixed seats (for example, the grandstands) can open with a third of the seating capacity.
- Open-air public meetings increase to 150 people (eg concerts / festivals), with restrictions. Distance and masking requirements remain in effect.
- Step 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
- All restrictions are lifted, including the ban on social gatherings inside.
- Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in long-term care facilities remain.
- Further details on all restrictions and measures in place will be published prior to each stage. Albertans can follow the progress of vaccination in the province on alberta.ca, the province said.
- Most Alberta students have returned in-person learning May 25. The exception was Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, whose students will continue to learn at home until at least May 31.
- Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said in a press release last week that she was confident all students would finish the rest of the school year in class.
- Alberta announced new COVID-19 quarantine rules: Fully vaccinated Albertans should no longer be quarantined if they are exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms.
- And people who have received an injection may see their isolation time reduced.
The latest vaccines:
- 2,578,577 doses of vaccine were administered in Alberta, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna et AstraZeneca-Oxford, on May 25.
- 385 adverse events following vaccination have been reported. The most common are allergic reactions, swelling of the glands, and diarrhea / vomiting. Together, they constitute the majority of reported adverse events.
- 49,7 percent of the population of Alberta has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
- 357 963 Albertans are fully immunized (two doses) – 8% of the population.
- Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw is asking people to cancel their appointments if they cannot make them because in the past three days the no-show rate for appointments -you vaccination against African horse sickness was greater than 4%, when one to three percent is the norm.
- Hinshaw says that people who have had their first dose of vaccine out of province can get a second dose in Alberta with proof of vaccination, which will be recorded in their medical records.
(Note that the last daily count of new cases in the table above will usually vary slhightly of the net of new cases, Alberta Health announces every day. To learn more, click here.)
The latest COVID-19 issues:
- Alberta reported 390 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and six more dead.
- There was 10,953 active cases.
- the rate of active cases was 273 per 100,000 inhabitants in Alberta.
- the the positivity rate on the daily test was 7.0 percent.
- There was 548 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 157 in intensive care.
- There has now been 2 198 COVID deaths.
- 212 273 blancertans are considered to have restored from COVID-19.
- The last R-value declared for the province was 0,67, which means that the virus spreads to less than one person for each confirmed case.
- Calgary Three four adult hospitals face a number of COVIDs again epidemics. The outbreaks are due to the variant first discovered in the UK. Rockyview General Hospital has an affected unit with two patients who have tested positive. An outbreak at the Peter Lougheed Center involves a patient. And Foothills Medical Center has three units in the event of an outbreak involving 11 patients.
Discover the hardest hit regions:
here is detailed regional breakdown of active cases reported by the province on Wednesday.
- Calgary area: 4,577.
- Zone d’Edmonton: 2,823.
- Central areas: 1,230.
- South zone: 635.
- North zone: 1,684.
- Unknown: 4.
You can see active cases by local health zone on the following interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on the map for more information:
Find out which neighborhoods or communities have the most cases, how badly people of different ages have been affected, the ages of those hospitalized, how Alberta compares to other provinces and more: Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta – and what they mean.