Alberta will lift its remaining COVID-19 health restrictions on July 1, becoming the first province or territory in Canada to do so.
Premier Jason Kenney says 70.2 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
He says that means it’s safe to return to normal after the vaccines take full effect in two weeks.
Alberta has administered about 3.6 million vaccine doses and almost one-quarter of those eligible have had the required two shots.
Restrictions eased in Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan, effective July 1
- All remaining restrictions will be lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings.
- Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and protective measures in continuing care settings may remain.
- The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.
Some doctors have said the province needs to get more second doses administered to be fully protected against the Delta variant.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro says people who received their first dose in May are now eligible to book their second doses.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 18, 2021.
The Canadian Press