Outdoor gathering limit doubled in Alberta from 100 to 200 people

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Alberta's top doctor confirmed another 41 cases of COVID-19 in the province Tuesday, along with new outbreaks linked to four Edmonton restaurants.

In the region's rural areas, there are eight active cases and 14 recovered cases.

The four restaurants were the Greta Bar (15 cases), Earl's Tin Palace (six cases), The Pint (10 cases) and Local (nine cases) on Jasper Avenue, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said at a news conference.

The Calgary Centre region continued to be on the province's watch list for a second day on Sunday with 51.4 cases per 100,000 people - the only region on that list in Alberta.

The higher limit applies to outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos, sporting events and performances, Alberta Health said in a news release.

Seated outdoor events will require the necessary space between families and cohort groups.

Hinshaw said the risk of spread is lower outdoors but encouraged Albertans to protect themselves by maintaining physical distancing, washing hands and wearing a mask.

The average age of death due to COVID-19 in Alberta is 83 years, but a person as young as 27 has perished from the disease.

There were 41 new cases of COVID-19 announced Tuesday.

The new cases dropped from Saturday, when 69 new cases were reported - the highest since mid-May and almost twice the daily case count through the month of June, provincial data shows. Outdoor private social events like weddings and funerals will also be limited to 100 people.

30-39 years, one death. AHS recorded 7,354 recoveries, 4,981 in the Calgary zone.

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