Alberta moving to Stage 3 of reopening on Canada Day

  • Alberta moving to Stage 3 of reopening on Canada Day

Alberta moving to Stage 3 of reopening on Canada Day

The province adds the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will still have to quarantine. "We will keep administering first and second doses as quickly as possible so we're not just open for summer, but open for good".

On Friday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced some milestones for the province that has led to its decision to completely drop restrictions on Canada Day.

Some doctors have warned more second doses need to be given in the province to be better protected against the Delta variant first identified in India.

He says that means it's safe to return to normal after the vaccines take full effect in two weeks.

Shandro recommended waiting eight weeks between shots for those who received a first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca.

To book your COVID-19 vaccine, visit alberta.ca/vaccine to find available appointments with AHS or participating pharmacies across the province.

There are now 2,471 active cases in Alberta, which is the lowest number since the beginning of October, said Kenney, and marks a 61 per cent drop since the start of Stage 1 of reopening earlier this year.

Hospitalizations continue to trend downward, with 237 people in hospital, 58 of which are in the ICU. "If you haven't yet received a first dose or booked your second appointment, please do it now - it's the right thing to do and it gives you a chance to win the Open for Summer Lottery". Proof of vaccination will only be required to claim the prize.

"There are now 1.1 million more Albertan eligible for second doses", said Shandro. There will be no restrictions on restaurants, retail spaces or places of worship, Kenney said.

He said Alberta will have a higher rate of vaccination prior to reopening than several states did before they removed restrictions.

"We are really excited we are starting up the first week of July here".

Those with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will still have to isolate and protective measures at continuing care centres may remain. No more limits for gyms, sports and fitness activities.