Alberta first province in Canada to lift all major COVID restrictions on July 1st

Jun 18 2021, 3:25 pm

The Alberta government is the first in Canada to announce that they’re fully reopening as of July 1st.

On Friday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced some milestones for the province that has led to its decision to completely drop restrictions on Canada Day.

Provinces in Canada are currently at varying stages of restrictions in their respective COVID restart plans.

“Thank you to the healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly to get needles into arms since December,” said Kenney in a provincial address Friday afternoon.

“On Canada Day, Alberta’s public health measures will be lifted, and our lives will get back to normal,” Kenney added.

How does this compare to other provinces and their respective restart plans?

BC is currently still in Step 2 of their COVID restart plan. This means that indoor gatherings still have a capacity limit of 50 people, and private gatherings have a limit of 5 people indoors.

The earliest BC can get to Step 3 is July 1st. Step 4 for BC, the final phase of the restart plan, wouldn’t be until September 7th.

Quebec still has a ways to go, and have designated “end of August or later” as the current plan when it comes to easing all COVID restrictions. Most recently they’ve allowed bars and restaurants to stay open later, and have allowed 3,500 fans back into the Bell Centre to celebrate the Montreal Canadiens playoff run.

Ontario has a 3 Step approach, and they’re currently still in the middle of Step 1.

While the plan to move to Step 2 was estimated to be July 2nd, Premier Doug Ford suggested he’s in talks to head into Step 2 earlier than scheduled.

Meanwhile, Manitoba is still listed at ‘critical’ for their COVID response, and are looking at Labour Day as their target for reopening completely. Newfoundland is also looking at September as their target for the final phase of easing restrictions, the same time frame applies to PEI and Nova Scotia.

Saskatchewan has a five phase plan with specific dates not yet set in stone.

As a whole Canada is leading the world when it comes to administering first-doses of the vaccine.

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