Care workers, AHS clarify protective equipment needed for COVID-19

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Nixon says access for First Nations and identified Metis Harvesters is still allowed, but social distancing measures are still in place for open spaces such as trails and parks.

Kenney stated during his daily COVID-19 update on Friday, that hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing salons, wellness centres, and aestheticians are among the service providers ordered to close. This includes massage therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, dentistry, and optometrists.

The premier also announced that no Albertans will be evicted on April 1 due to an inability to pay rent. "These businesses must do everything they can to safeguard the well-being of the hardworking employees on the front lines".

Hinshaw took a moment to stress that anyone who falls ill with COVID-19 symptoms or any other illness have not done anything wrong and should not be treated as if they should be punished.

At her last update Thursday, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 61 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the province, bringing Alberta's total to 486.

"I urge you to reach out to those you know who are feeling unwell and try to support them perhaps by texting, calling or dropping off food", she said. "Our collective action will protect our family, friends and neighbours".

Alberta did not use the same "non-essential" wording as those two provinces, and the order doesn't appear to be as far-reaching.

"As of today, no one will be facing immediate eviction from their home for non-payment of rent or utilities owed to the landlord", Kenney said. He says rents will not increase, and effective April 1, late fees can not be applied to late rent payments for the next three months.

The new protections mean that effective immediately, tenants can not be evicted for not paying their rent or utilities before May 1. The province is also freezing rent increases while Alberta's state of public health emergency is in effect, including increases that were scheduled months ago.

Effective April 1, late fees can not be applied to late rent payments for the next three months.

Effective April 1, landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while the state of public health emergency is in effect.



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