Alberta Declares A State Of Public Health Emergency

Credit: Government of Alberta

Alberta government has declared a state of public health emergency to combat the rapid rise of COVID-19.

What Does Alberta’s State of Emergency Mean:

Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act on March 17, 2020. Alberta’s Provincial Operations Centre has been elevated from a level 3 to a level 4, the highest level.

Effective Immediately Until Further Notice:

  • All events over 50 people to be cancelled. This includes worship gatherings and family events such as weddings.
  • Grocery stores, shopping centres, health-care facilities, airports, the legislature and other essential services are not included and will remain open.
  • All Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls.
  • Sit-down restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, food courts and other food-serving facilities, including those with a minors-allowed liquor license, are limited to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 50 people. Take-out, delivery or drive-through service is permitted. Licensed facilities will also be permitted to deliver liquor.
  • Until further notice, all Albertans are restricted from attending bars and nightclubs, where minors are prohibited by law.

Premier Jason Kenney said, “This is an unprecedented moment in our history and decisive action is needed. We recognize that these measures will have a profound impact on the lives of Albertans, but they are necessary in the face of this growing pandemic.”

At this time, not-for-profit community kitchens, soup kitchens and religious kitchens are exempt.

More information is available here.

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