Alberta premier Kenney provides update on COVID-19 as province moves into Stage 2 | LIVE


From Global News.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will be joined by Health Minister Tyler Shandro and chief officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw on Thursday to update the COVID-19 situation as the province moves into Stage 2 of the ‘Open for Summer’ plan.

The threshold for Stage 2 was that two weeks had passed since 60 per cent of eligible Albertans age 12 and older received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and that hospitalizations from the disease are below 500 and declining.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 329 people in hospital with COVID-19 and Alberta hit the 60 per cent vaccination threshold on May 28.

Stage 2 allows libraries, movie theatres, theatres and arenas (one-third fire code capacity), gyms (solo and drop-in fitness with three-metre distancing), fitness classes (with three-metre distancing), restaurants and day camps to reopen.

Outdoor gatherings of 20 people (with distancing) are allowed, six people are able to dine out together inside or outside (no longer restricted to their household only), retail and worship capacity is be eased to one-third of fire code occupancy and youth and adult sports are allowed to resume.

Personal wellness businesses can resume walk-in services. Post-secondary schools can resume in-person learning. The work-from-home order is lifted but still recommended.

Outdoor fixed seating facilities can open with one-third capacity under Stage 2. Public outdoor gatherings can increase to 150 people (with restrictions).

Under Stage 2, wedding ceremonies with up to 20 people are allowed. Receptions are allowed outdoors only. Funeral ceremonies stay at 20 people allowed and receptions are allowed outdoors only.

Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

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