Alberta moving to Stage 3 of reopening on Canada Day

Joanna Estrada
June 19, 2021

On July 1, even those limits will be gone.

Indoor social gatherings will once again be allowed and there will be no limit on the size of outdoor events. "We love this sport and we have missed it so much, to get out here, the green grass, hitting home runs, getting to see all our buds and play softball - this is what we live for in the summer so it's great to have it back". "No more advisories against non-essential travel". Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and protective measures in continuing care settings will remain. The provincial mask mandate will also be lifted but masks will still be required in some settings, including while on public transit and while inside city-owned buildings.

The province added 124 new cases Friday, as the active case count fell to 2,336.

There are now 2,336 active cases of the virus in Alberta. There were 237 people in hospital with the virus, 58 of them receiving intensive care.

"On Canada Day, Alberta's public health measures will be lifted and our lives will get back to normal", Kenney announced at a press conference in Edmonton.

To that end, Shandro announced the province is taking advantage of increasing supplies to accelerate the timeline for second shots.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says people who received their first dose in May are now eligible to book their second doses.

Shandro recommended waiting eight weeks between shots for those who received a first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca.

"Mark it on the calendars, folks", said Kenney.

"I never doubted Albertans".

Anyone who received a first mRNA dose in June can also now book their second dose once four weeks have passed since their first shot. One of those individuals had been fully immunized. He said data suggests even one vaccine shot provides 90 per cent protection or better against serious consequences requiring hospitalization.

David Shepherd, the NDP's health critic, said all Albertans deserve the credit for being able to reopen.

"They followed public health orders, got vaccinated when they became eligible, and supported struggling local businesses during more than a year of public health orders", said Shepherd in a statement.

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