Newest COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta to close patios and salons, move all schools online

EDMONTON — The latest public health restrictions in Alberta to curb COVID-19 cases were announced Tuesday by Premier Jason Kenney in a live televised address.

Starting this Friday, Kindergarten to Grade 12 will move to at-home learning.

Workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks will be mandated to close for 10 days, with exemptions for critical workplaces.

Retail businesses will have capacity slashed to 10 per cent, effective immediately, and patio dining will close alongside barbershops, hair and nail salons, effective 11:59 p.m. on Sunday May 9.

Outdoor social gatherings, currently limited to 10 people, will be limited to 5, Kenney said.

“Governments must not impair peoples’ rights and livelihoods,” Kenney said. “Unfortunately that is the situation we are facing today.

“We will not permit our healthcare system be overwhelmed,” he added.

Alberta is reporting the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in all of Canada and the United States.

According to Health Canada, Alberta leads the country for COVID-19 infections per capita. As of Monday, the province had 308 cases per 100,000 population, while Ontario had 170, Nunavut reported 163, and Saskatchewan had 138.

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