Cabinet committee scheduled to discuss easing Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19: Restrictions could be eased in Alberta on Monday

"Alberta has held up our end of the bargain".

Premier Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party government have been under increasing pressure from businesses, their supporters and even some UCP MLAs to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

The provincial government will soon supply millions of rapid COVID-19 tests to Alberta businesses and service providers.

The third phase of the province's reopening plan could include opening entertainment venues such as movie theatres and casinos, and allowing adult team sports.

Restrictions on indoor gatherings would have been eased as well, but remain banned.

Daily COVID-19 infections were below 300 in recent weeks but have been ticking up steadily and have been well above 400 for nearly the last week.

Ahead of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw's Monday update, the NDP Opposition issued a press release calling for restraint.

Of more concern is the rise in variants, which are more contagious than the original novel coronavirus and can potentially overrun a health system if left unchecked. New variant cases broke records on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Alberta is delaying moving into the next phase of its COVID-19 reopening plan as the province attempts to prevent recent increases in infections, hospital admissions and variant cases from spiralling into a third wave.

The Minister of Health noted now, half of those in the hospital are under 65 and 90 per cent presently in ICU are under 65.

"We understand the frustration of not just the business owners but all Albertans and how public-health measures are affecting our activities and affecting our businesses", he said. Outdoor get-togethers are capped at 10 people. Two members of Mr. Kenney's caucus joined an anti-lockdown group. Opponents say the restrictions unfairly impact the financial and emotional well-being of Albertans.



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