Premier Jason Kenney to announce Alberta’s strategy for easing restrictions on Wednesday

Premier Jason Kenney to announce Alberta’s strategy for easing restrictions on Wednesday

Premier Jason Kenney to announce Alberta’s strategy for easing restrictions on Wednesday

Active cases, hospitalization numbers, the provincial R-Value, and positivity rate have also seen steady declines over the last few weeks.

- The limit on outdoor social gatherings increases to 10 people.

Outdoor social gatherings - up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted).

- Retail capacity increases to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Personal and wellness services can reopen, by appointment only.

- Wedding ceremonies can be held with a maximum of 10 people.

Funeral services - up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clery or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited).

Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

This first step requires that 50 per cent of Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine, and that hospitalizations be below 800 and declining - thresholds that have already been met. Premier Jason Kenney says this could happen by mid-June.

Stage 2: This phase will begin two weeks after 60 per cent have received a vaccine and hospitalizations are below 500 and trending downward.

Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries) - open at 30% of fire code occupancy.

"The scale of Stage 2 reopening might seem daunting". Outdoor festivals and major events like the Calgary Stampede could become super-spreader events with so many people together in close proximity.

Wedding ceremonies - up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited). Receptions are permitted outdoors.

Restaurants - 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors.

Dining parties are no longer restricted to households only.

Retail - 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance).

Gyms and other indoor fitness open for solo and drop-in activities with three-metre distancing between participants and fitness classes may resume with three-metre distancing.

He says it's concerning that Alberta will go from being one of the least to make it out of the third wave to one of the first to be full reopened.

Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, may resume, with restrictions.

- Personal and wellness services can provide walk-in services.

Post-secondary - resume in-person learning.

Work from home order is lifted but still recommended.

Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) - 1/3 seated capacity.

Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) - up to 150 people.

The vaccine rollout is also making good progress among Indigenous adults, with more than three quarters now having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The "Open for Summer" plan will use a combination of hospitalization and vaccination benchmarks to move into each stage.

"If you don't like the current restrictions, and who does, the best thing you can do to end them is to get vaccinated", he said.

The premier was joined by Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer.

Alberta reported 390 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, following the province's morning announcement about its plan for lifting public health restrictions.

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