Alberta to ease COVID-19 restrictions on gyms, restaurants, sports — CP NewsAlert

Clay Curtis
January 30, 2021

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at the Rideau Club in Ottawa on March 12, 2020.

More COVID-19 health restrictions are being lifted in Alberta.

This step is possible because we have dipped below the hospitalization benchmark which was set to 600.

There are now 594 people in the hospital with COVID-19, including 110 in intensive care.

Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will offer the latest update on COVID-19 at 3:30. The positivity rate dropped further to 3.9%.

All but three of the 37 cases have been linked to travel.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.

Trainers should remain masked during the session; clients are not required to wear a mask while exercising. More than one trainer/client pair can be allowed in the same space at one time, provided each pair remains three metres apart at all times.

Children's school-related indoor and outdoor sports and performances will also be allowed to go ahead on that date. The first businesses to benefit are restaurants and gyms.

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Public health officials said it is nearly certain that there are more infections that have not been identified yet. A preliminary analysis found over half of the trial participants who became infected had the mutated version.

In the past week, several rural restaurants opened for in-person dining in blatant defiance of the public health order.

"The whole staff and all the owners are exhilarated that we're opening". Roughly 200 gyms had previously planned to open on February 8, regardless of whether they were directed to or not.

While sharing his frustration over other countries like the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom, who have received significantly larger quantities of vaccine, Kenney said the province's ability to vaccinate Albertans is limited by the number of vaccine doses they have on hand.

There are now 591 people in hospital, including 112 in the ICU.

"It's up to each one of us to maintain our vigilance".

Restaurants, bars, lounges and fitness centres have been closed to in-person services since December 13.

"That's just the physics of it". But it was growing, slowly, until it exploded in the fall.

Hinshaw said the variant cases are another reason why Albertans must be cautious.

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