Outdoor gatherings in Alberta have essentially doubled in size.
The provincial government announced in a release on Tuesday, that the maximum number of people allowed to attend select outdoor gatherings has been increased from 100 to 200.
All public health measures remain in place, however, including physical distancing between people of different households.
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The new maximum is only in effect for audience-type community events.
“The increase applies to attendees at community outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances,” the release states.
And while large gatherings increase the risk of catching or transmitting COVID-19, the Province of Alberta also noted that outdoor events have a lower risk than indoor ones — so long as public health measures are followed.
Most other outdoor events, such as wedding ceremonies, movie theatres, and funeral services remain capped at 100.
Indoor social gatherings remain at a maximum of 50 attendees, however, there is no cap on the number of people who attend worship gatherings, restaurants, cafes, lounges, bars, casinos, and bingo halls, so long as public health measures are in place.