Public health measures just got quite a bit stricter in Alberta.
Premier Jason Kenney spoke at a livestreamed press conference on Tuesday to inform Albertans that new COVID-19 restrictions would be coming into place as a result of the growing number of cases and increase in hospitalizations and deaths as a result of the pandemic.
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The new measures include a complete ban on social gatherings both inside and outside, a mandatory mask mandate for the entire province, and a number of new rules for restaurants, businesses, and services.
The City of Calgary issued a release shortly after the press conference to state that the City administration is now reviewing the guidelines to create an understanding of how they will impact city facilities and operations.
“I recognize that additional restrictions, especially at this time of year, carry a significant economic, mental, and social burden for Calgarians,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi in the release.
“But it is critical that we all do everything we can to keep our families, neighbours, and communities safe. The safer we can keep each other, and the more we can control this virus, the better able we’ll be to return to normal as vaccines become available.”
The release notes that the ways the new COVID-19 restrictions will impact city services will be posted online on the City of Calgary’s website once the information becomes available.
The city plans to “work closely with the Province to determine how we can support and enforce the Public Health Orders at the municipal level,” according to the release.