Note: While local parks, shops, and events are beginning to reopen, Alberta Health Services is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines.
The province has just made a big change to the rules regarding outdoor gatherings in Alberta.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on Friday that the maximum number of people allowed at an outdoor gathering has been immediately increased from 15 to 50.
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All other physical distancing rules remain in place however, most notably that members of different households must maintain that two-metre separation even when attending the same outdoor gathering.
“As we head into the long weekend, I know many of us are turning our thoughts to the outdoors,” Hinshaw said.
“Alberta relaunch strategy recognizes the importance of the outdoors and recreation for Albertans’ sense of well being, while also recommending limiting non-essential travel outside the province at this time.”
Hinshaw also stated that indoor gathering would remain limited to that maximum of 15 people, and that those planning outdoor gathering should take the two-metre allowance into consideration when inviting guests.
“As we start to ease certain restrictions, it is increasing important that we all continue to take proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Hinsaw said, “including frequent hand washing, always staying home whenever you feel ill, and considering the use of a non-medical mask while out in public, particularly if you will be within two-metres of others.”
It is also recommended that people refrain from sharing food or drink at these gatherings, and that any frequented surfaces, such as door knobs and bathrooms, are regularly sanitized.