Alberta has announced a one-time incentive of $100 to all Albertans age 18 or older who receive a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine between Sept. 3 and Oct. 14.
Starting September 4th, the province is also making masks mandatory at all indoor public spaces and workplaces.
Alberta also announced pubs, restaurants and nightclubs will have to end alcohol service at 10 p.m.
The new $100 incentive comes as the province is battling increasing COVID-19 transmission and rising hospital admissions, overwhelmingly amongst unvaccinated Albertans. This is intended to encourage unvaccinated Albertans to get protected as soon as possible.
Currently, more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases in hospitals are unvaccinated, including 91 per cent of patients in intensive care.
As of September 2, more than 70 per cent of eligible Albertans are fully immunized against COVID-19 and 78.2 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose.
Meanwhile, Alberta’s largest city has announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for its employees. All city of Calgary employees will be required to disclose and provide proof of their vaccination status or grounds for exemption by September 13th.
The new provincial modelling released today shows intensive care unit patients could possibly peak at around 180 in the medium scenario with the numbers reaching or exceeding the currently projected high scenario at 290 if the accelerating trends continue.
The modelling also shows non-ICU hospitalizations trending toward a potential peak of 700 in the next several weeks peaking by end of September.
Alberta is making masks mandatory for all indoor public spaces and workplaces starting Sept. 4 at 8 a.m.
The provincial news release says schools are not required to implement masking but school boards can set COVID-19 management policies as they deem appropriate.
Also, as of Sept. 4, restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, nightclubs and other licensed establishments will be required to end alcohol service at 10 p.m.
In addition, Albertans are also encouraged to limit in-person contacts.
The province is also strongly recommending that unvaccinated Albertans limit their indoor social gatherings to close contacts of only two cohort families up to a maximum of 10 people.
Alberta is recommending employers pause their plans to have staff return to work and instead continue with work-from-home measures. At work locations, employees are required to wear masks for all indoor settings, except in work stations or where two-metre physical distancing or adequate physical barriers are in place.
How to Register for $100:
A one-time incentive of $100 in the form of a debit card will be available for all Albertans age 18 or older who receive a first or second dose of vaccine between Sept. 3 and Oct. 14.
After vaccination, eligible Albertans will be able to register online via a website that will be available starting Sept. 13.
Alberta Health will validate registrations against provincial immunization data.
Those who do not have access to a computer, can contact 310-0000 for assistance, starting Sept. 13.
To Do Canada will update the details once it becomes available.