Alberta could be "open for summer" by early July

Alberta premier eyes full capacity at CFL games this summer Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

"Albertans have stopped the spike and now we can start safely lifting restrictions so we can have a truly great Alberta summer", tweeted Premier Jason Kenney.

Starting this Friday, the capacity for worship services increases to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted.

Restaurants - 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contact for those living alone.

Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities - up to 10 distanced people, all ages.

- Retail capacity increases to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Personal and wellness services can reopen, by appointment only.

Wedding ceremonies - up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited).

Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

The threshold for that jump is having at least 60 per cent of Albertans 12 and over vaccinated with one dose, and hospitalizations under 500.

Kenney says Alberta hit those benchmarks on May 18.

Kenney's plan comes as federal officials announced that 20.05-million Canadians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Should numbers continue to trend downwards, Alberta could quickly jump into Stage 2 sometime in mid-June.

- The limit on public outdoor gatherings - concerts and festivals - increases to 150 people.

Post-secondary classes can resume in-person and the work from home order is lifted. However, he did say, "None of that changes the fundamental fact that the most powerful way that you can protect yourself your family, loved ones, friends, and neighbours and the most powerful thing you can do and accelerate the return to normal is to get the safe vaccine".

Outdoor social gatherings - up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted). Receptions are permitted outdoors.

Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 people permitted, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.

Restaurants - 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors.

Dining parties are no longer restricted to households only.

- Retail capacity increases to one-third of fire code occupancy.

He says instead of two weeks between stages, there should be three weeks.

- Capacity for places of worship also increases to one-third occupancy. This includes arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries and libraries.

- Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports can resume.

Youth activities (day camps, play centres) - resume with restrictions.

Personal and wellness services - resume walk-in service.

Most students in the province returned to in-person learning this week following a two-week shift to online learning meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

- Outdoor fixed-seating facilities, such as grandstands, can open at one-third capacity.

Stage 3: This step will happen two weeks after 70 per cent have had a shot of vaccine.

All restrictions are lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings.

Vipond isn't the only Albertan concerned over the speedy reopening plan.

The province has now dipped below 11,000 active cases with the case count sitting at 10,953 as of Wednesday afternoon.



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