Alberta Premier Jason Kenny announced New restrictions on tuesday, Taking students online amid a spike in COVID-19 cases and closing patties among other measures.
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An infectious disease physician of the University of Alberta Hospital, Drs. Stephanie Smith believes these restrictions are outlined below – are necessary and will help bring down the case count.
“We have continued week after week to see an increase in numbers in the community and the hospital,” she said.
“I think we need to shut it down somehow. While vaccines are definitely going to help us, we don’t have enough population vaccinations to rely on that alone right now, so I think a circuit-breakdown-lockdown less than expected is probably necessary. “
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It is going to take a while for the health care system to realize these restrictions, Smith explained, so he hopes the severity of the situation is clear to the Albertans.
“I definitely hope people will listen,” she said.
“I think the restrictions will be short-lived, and we’ll start to see a drop in cases, and then hopefully, we can hopefully have a more normal summer.”
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The province said the new measures apply to all Alberts, businesses, organizations and service providers in municipalities or territories with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and 30 or more active cases. They will last for at least three weeks.
The following restrictions will be effective from May 5:
- Any workplace – barring work camps and essential and critical services – would require the transmission of three or more cases to be closed for 10 days by health officials
- All post-secondary education runs online.
- All indoor fitness must be discontinued, including one-on-one training
- Retail capacity limited to 10 per cent fire code occupancy or minimum five customers
- External social gatherings, currently limited to 10 people, will be limited to five people. Indoor gatherings are still prohibited
- The place of worship, which is currently limited to 15 percent capacity, will be limited to 15 people
- The funeral, currently limited to 20 people, will be limited to 10 people
According to Kenny, from May 7, grade 12 kindergarten will move to home learning until May 25.
Effective May 11 at 11:59 pm:
- Personal and wellness services – including hair salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons and nail salons – will be closed
- Individuals dining in bars and restaurants, including the outer courtyard, will be closed. Takeout / delivery only
- Outdoor sports / entertainment will be limited to domestic and close contacts only
- Indoor sports, performances and recreational activities will be prohibited for youth and adults.
- Health, social and professional services – such as massage therapy, therapists, dentists, accountants and lawyers – will be available by appointment only
The government doubled the original fine from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 for violating public health orders. Kenny said there would be tougher enforcement protocol for repeat offenders.
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Ernie Tsu, president of the Alberta Hospitality Association, said the fluctuations of opening and closing have taken a toll on the industry.
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“This is going to be disastrous for every restaurant in the entire province that has been mobilizing its courtyard for the last two to three weeks – a lot of money has been spent at that point and a lot of money that the restaurant doesn’t have right now.” ” he told.
“It is impossible for a restaurant to survive on takeout and delivery.”
Jordan Sorrenti, along with Paddy’s Barbecue and Brewery in Calgary, is disappointed with the news after hiring more staff because the courtyard meal was just to begin with the good weather.
“Now the third or fourth shutdown is just very tiring because I’m trying to keep my staff on task, trying to bring in new people, and it’s really frustrating,” he said.
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The Mercer Tavern of Edmonton would love to be open, and management says it invested a lot of money to make it work.
“This is unfortunate for us and the rest of the industry. It is very difficult for us to just come back to takeout events, especially with the investment that we just made in the courtyard and bring out our entire restaurant, ”said General Manager Brian Schmidt.
“Especially with the Oilers playoffs and stuff like that coming in, you really want to be open. You want to kiss one way at the bit to return that kind of business.
“We never want to stop, obviously, but we’re going to listen to what you have to say.”
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This is the busiest time for the Bunches Flower Company in Edmonton, with Mother’s Day coming this weekend.
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It currently has products worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in stores, and retail has been lowered to 10 percent capacity, its Southgate location and others will be affected.
“It’s been like a little Play hungry Try and get enough product and to get it on time, ”said Shaun Armstrong, co-owner of Bunches Flower Company.
“I wish they would have done it in the depths of January, when everybody was already at home, and we didn’t have options for eating out and doing all these things and all these holidays and graduation. Now.”
‘A stressful time’
Alberta Provincial Affairs Director Annie Dormuth at the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses said the ban on small businesses will continue.
“We are really disappointed in the sense that new restrictions are being announced, and again, some businesses have been shut down completely. This evening or earlier the premier did not announce any additional funding that would be available to help these small businesses, ”she said.
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Doormuth is calling on the government to introduce a circuit-breaker grant, much like the BC he said that a quarter of small businesses across Alberta are on the verge of permanent closure.
“You have to keep in mind a small business owner – they are a small business. Dormuth said this is his livelihood, it is his entire life’s work, it is his retirement plan, and at times, he is also the sole provider of his family, so this is definitely a stressful time for small businesses. is.
Citing the fitness, hospitality and personal service sectors, he said, “This is actually why the Alberta government steps in here and provides additional support directly to these industries.”
– Global News’ with files by Adam MacVicar and Lisa McGregor
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