A number of public health measures will be coming into effect this Friday.
Alongside the measures that were implemented immediately when Premier Jason Kenney announced them on Tuesday, he also noted a list of restrictions that would impact Alberta’s businesses and services as of this Friday, November 27.
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These temporary restrictions include:
- Temporary closure will be in place for banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, concert venues, community centres, children’s play places, and all levels of sports, though leagues may apply for exemptions
- Retail businesses and services can remain open at 25% occupancy, or a minimum of five customers, whichever is more. This includes movie theatres, libraries, museums, galleries, racing centres, bingo halls, water parks, amusement parks, fitness centres, pools, recreation centres, dance and yoga studios, martial arts, gymnastics, and private or public swimming pools. No group fitness, training, or games are allowed
- In-person dining can remain open following existing guidelines, though those dining must be of the same household
- Hair salons, personal wellness services, hotels, professional services, and other businesses must switch to appointment-only
Kenney also noted that if these restrictions, coupled with the measures impacting social gatherings, are not shown to be enough to curb Alberta’s rising COVID-19 case count, stricter measures may have to be introduced.
“If we see a significant drop in our new daily cases, we may be able to ease [the restrictions],” said Kenney in the November 24 press conference, “but, let me be blunt if these measures do not have a meaningful impact — and that depends on how each one of us responds — we will be forced to take even more drastic measures to protect the healthcare system later in December.”