Alberta Premier Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions – May 4, 2021

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Alberta Premier Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions – May 4, 2021

Speaking in Calgary, Jason Kenney, the premier of Alberta, announces new public-health measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). The new measures will apply to municipalities and areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with at least 30 active cases. On May 7, all kindergarten to Grade 12 students will move to at -home learning until May 25. Effective immediately, all workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks will be mandated to close operations for 10 days, with exemptions for critical workplaces. Retail services must limit capacity to 10 percent or five customers, and religious services must be limited to 15 people. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to five people. All post-secondary schools will move to online learning. On May 10, personal and wellness services will be required to close for three weeks, and in-person dining at bars and restaurants will not be permitted. Fines for violating public-health orders will double to $2,000, with tougher enforcement protocols for repeat offenders.

The announcement comes as Alberta is seeing the highest per-capita COVID-19 case numbers of any Canadian province or U.S. state. (no interpretation)