City of Calgary declares State of Local Emergency amid COVID-19 pandemic

Nov 26 2020, 4:59 pm

Another State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been declared for Calgary due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A Wednesday release from the City of Calgary states that the State of Local Emergency was called as of 1:31 pm on November 25.

Calgary’s last SOLE was declared during the initial weeks of the pandemic and was only lifted in June along with Stage 2 of the provincial Relaunch Strategy. At the time, Alberta saw active cases at an all-time low of just over 300 cases.

As of November 25, Alberta had 13,719 active cases, 5,028 of which were located in Calgary.

The City release notes that the SOLE has been put in place to enforce the new provincial health orders that were announced on Tuesday.

These restrictions include a ban on indoor social gatherings, a 10 person limit on outdoor gatherings, weddings, and funerals, an extended winter break for school kids, and a stricter mask mandate, among others.

“We are going to be using every tool in our toolbox and working extremely hard in the best interests of our citizens, communities, businesses and the Government of Alberta,” states the release.

No timeline was given in the release for how long the SOLE would last.

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