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Here's When Alberta's Recovery Plan Says We Can Ditch Masks & Go 'Back To Normal'

Jason Kenney just gave an update on Alberta's vaccine rollout.
Alberta COVID-19 Update: Here's When We Can Go 'Back To Normal'

On Monday, April 12, Jason Kenney provided an Alberta COVID-19 update that focused on vaccine rollout across the province.

He noted that the vaccine rollout will be ramped up with the addition of seven new "rapid flow" clinics that he says have the capacity to dole out 1,000 doses per hour. 

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Kenney says that Alberta is in the "Transition" stage right now which means that restrictions can only be lifted if specific metrics are met, such as reduced hospitalizations

He said he hopes we will reach Stage 2 by the end of June which would mean restrictions would be lifted, festivals could resume, and masks and distancing would be encouraged. 

By mid-September, pending vaccine supply, the premier hopes we can move into Stage 3 which would mean a full recovery with no masks. The only thing that may remain at this point would be school-based measures if vaccine supply hasn't reached Alberta's youth population yet.  

Alberta's current health measures

On April 6, Jason Kenney announced that the province would be moving back into Step 1 of reopening. The enhanced measures were brought into place on account of the province's rapidly-increasing COVID-19 case count as well as the increased presence of "variants of concern."

As of now, indoor adult fitness has been banned as well as indoor dining at restaurants. 

Albertans are still allowed to gather in groups of up to 10 people outdoors but indoor gatherings are prohibited. 

There has been no indication of when the current restrictions may ease or lift. 

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