June 18th, 2021

Alberta to lift many of its public health restrictions related to COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on June 10, 2021.

The River Cree Casino and Hotel that has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic lights up rooms with a message of "hope" in Edmonton on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Many of Alberta's COVID-19 public health restrictions are being lifted today as part of a three-stage plan to reopen by summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Many of Alberta’s COVID-19 public health restrictions are being lifted today as part of a three-stage plan to reopen by summer.

The province is entering the second stage, which required 60 per cent of those 12 and older to have had at least one vaccine shot and fewer than 500 infected patients in hospitals.

Officials say 67 per cent of Albertans have received their first dose.

Entertainment venues, including movie theatres, casinos and museums, are being allowed to reopen at one-third capacity.

Restaurants can seat diners inside rather than just on patios, and private social gatherings outdoors can have up to 20 people.

There are no longer any restrictions on youth and adult sports.

Up to 150 people are being allowed at public outdoor events, and grandstands for sports and other entertainment can open at one-third capacity.

Masking and distancing requirements are still in place.

The final phase, which would lift a ban on indoor gatherings, is to occur once 70 per cent of eligible recipients have had at least one dose of vaccine and hospitalization rates continue to decline.

It would still include isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing- care settings.

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