Alberta to announce plan for 'safely easing' restrictions

Joanna Estrada
May 27, 2021

Also under Stage 1, beginning on May 28, capacity limits for worship services will increase to 15% of fire code occupancy.

Alberta identified 390 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday following the completion of 5,979 tests.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the day when Alberta can begin easing some COVID-19 public health restrictions.

"Albertans have stopped the spike and now we can start safely lifting restrictions so we can have a truly great Alberta summer", Kenney said.

The second stage of the plan will see eased restrictions in most industries and lift capacity for outdoor gatherings, weddings, funerals, youth activities, and sports and performance.

The province will move into Stage 1 two weeks after 50% of eligible Albertans aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 800 and declining.

The announcement of the news conference came after Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Tuesday that Alberta's numbers show the latest public health measures announced three weeks ago are working and the day when the province can ease restrictions is coming.

"They say that the last few miles in a race are the hardest and that is what we are facing right now", Hinshaw said. "And these are goals that are achievable, but we need everybody in the province to be on board".

Hinshaw said it's hoped a continued decline in cases and a stepped-up vaccination effort will make events like the Stampede viable.

There are 10,953 active cases in the province.

"The best thing we can do to drive the spread down further is to step up for vaccines and follow the public health measures".

Alberta reported 387 new cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, a far cry from the 2,000 daily cases reported at the peak of this third wave of infections.

Currently, there are 12,076 active cases in Alberta, a decline of more than 1,500 cases from the day prior.

There are now a total of 12,078 active cases across the province, a drop of 52 per cent from the peak earlier this month, Hinshaw said. As of Tuesday, 565 COVID-19 patients were in hospital, including 158 in ICUs.

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