Alberta Government Launches Another Round of COVID-19 Protocols, Declares State of Emergency

New temporary health measures will be implemented across the province to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes new restrictions on restaurants, indoor gatherings, weddings and funerals, retail stores, entertainment venues and indoor sports and fitness starting September 20. Measurements in workplaces, private indoor gatherings, places of worship, schools and children’s activities, as well as mandatory activities. masking and physical distancing in all indoor public spaces begin September 16.

Beginning September 20, companies or event organizers that choose to implement a program that checks customers for government-issued proof of vaccination or a recently purchased negative COVID-19 test privately will be eligible for an exemption to The restrictions. If a company or service chooses not to require proof of vaccination, it will be required to adhere to the new sanitary measures.

“We are taking the necessary and critical steps to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed and once again slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta. These steps are not easy for anyone, but COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise, particularly among the unvaccinated, “said Prime Minister Jason Kenney. “We have no choice but to implement the proof of vaccination measures and temporary restrictions. We have overcome the past COVID-19 waves and we will do so once again. I strongly urge anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so immediately. Please protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. “

Health Minister Tyler Shandro has stated that these requirements will allow people to stay healthy.

“The new proof of vaccination requirements will make us all safer. This will help increase vaccination rates across the province and protect Albertans in settings that pose a higher risk of transmission, ”said Health Minister Tyler Shandro. “We have seen in other jurisdictions that testing vaccines helps encourage people to get vaccinated, and I ask all eligible Albertans to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw has expressed that the Alberta government understands that people are exhausted by COVID-19 protocols.

“I know that Albertans, especially those who have done their best to stay safe not only themselves, but also their fellow Albertans, are tired,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer for health. “But I ask that you continue to do the right thing to help protect our health care system and our communities. Continue to make safe decisions, get vaccinated if you haven’t already, wash your hands, and stay home when you’re sick. Together, we will protect our health system and each other ”.

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