(Nobleford) Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole praised Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for his province’s handling of the health crisis as the two sat side by side during a live broadcast Saturday on social media, when none of the leaders wore a mask.
“I’m the easiest guy to date because I can’t give it or get it from anyone for four months,” said Erin O’Toole, responding to Jason Kenney who asked how the new boss conservative was going after he and his wife had COVID-19 last month.
Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party is holding a virtual annual general meeting in Nobleford, Alta., This weekend, and Erin O’Toole said he stopped for a visit because he was in the province and that he was on his way to meet with representatives of the beef industry.
He and Kenney bumped their elbows instead of shaking hands, but they sat at the same table just a few feet apart with their faces uncovered for about ten minutes as they chatted pandemic, energy policy and pipelines.
According to Department of Health deputy director of communications Tom McMillan, the province still advises everyone to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible.
He said that includes those who have already had COVID-19.
“Evidence is still emerging on the possibility of reinfection,” Tom McMillan said on Saturday.
Erin O’Toole learned on September 19 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, rendering him unable to attend the federal government’s Speech from the Throne. He remained in quarantine until September 30.
A statement from United Conservative Party spokesman Evan Menzies said Erin O’Toole and Jason Kenney wore masks before and after sitting in front of the camera on Saturday, and the number of employees in the studio was well below the assembly limits allowed inside Alberta. All equipment has been disinfected before and after use.
“Everyone entering the building is required to pass a medical examination and disinfect before entering. This included Mr. O’Toole and the Prime Minister, ”the statement read.
A statement from conservative communications director Cory Hann echoes this.
“The facility has followed strict health guidelines as part of its assurance that go above Alberta public health guidelines,” added Cory Hann.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says there is no confirmed report to date of someone re-infected with COVID-19 within three months of infection. initial. However, he notes that more research is underway.
“The CDC recommends that all people, whether or not they have had COVID-19, take steps to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. Wash your hands regularly, stay at least an 80 meter distance from others as much as possible and wear masks, ”the website says.
Erin O’Toole told Jason Kenney that catching COVID-19 has helped him know what many families are facing, especially in provinces which he says have not handled the crisis as well than Alberta.
He also said his caucus held Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responsible for failing to provide Canadians with a rapid test that can screen for COVID-19 in less than 15 minutes.
Alberta reported 332 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and Calgary joined Edmonton on a watch list, but the province’s chief medical officer of health did not recommend further restrictions. Bars, restaurants and gymnasiums remain open in the province.