COVID-19 outbreaks declared at four Edmonton restaurants

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Alberta Health Services confirmed another 71 cases of COVID-19 in Monday's update. There are six cases that remain active in the rural hamlets.

On June 21, at least five Edmonton restaurants made the decision to temporarily close due to COVID-19 cases, including Greta Bar, The Pint and Earls Tin Palace.

Heading into Canada Day, the province lifted the outdoor gathering limit to 200 people.

The higher limit applies to outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos, sporting events and performances, Alberta Health said in a news release.

All public health measures remain in place, however, including physical distancing between people of different households.

"Seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating", the news release said.

And while large gatherings increase the risk of catching or transmitting COVID-19, the Province of Alberta also noted that outdoor events have a lower risk than indoor ones - so long as public health measures are followed.

Hinshaw also pointed out two regions on Alberta Health's watch list, which means they have more than 50 active cases per 100,000 people: Calgary - Centre and Edmonton - Mill Woods. This represents 91 per cent of all cases.

Alberta's death toll from COVID-19 sits at 154, with no new deaths reported in the province since Thursday.

It was the biggest spike in new cases since May 16, when 72 were reported.

Previously, the outdoor gathering limit was set at 100 people.

70-79 years, 31 deaths.

40-49 years, one death.



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