On Thursday, November 12, Jason Kenney, Tyler Sandro and Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on Alberta COVID-19 restrictions.
Jason Kenney tuned in via video conference because he was in close contact with someone who had COVID-19 and is awaiting his test results, he explained.
He said the province has 860 new cases from yesterday and 225 patients in the hospital.
He then went on to announce a new series of "targeted measures" to curb the spread. He said our current state is twice as bad as it was in the spring and said we likely haven't seen the peak yet.
We can’t afford to wait. COVID-19 is challenging us and we have to rise to this test.
Kenney introduced several "temporary, time-limited measures to help protect the health system and reduce the spread of COVID-19."
Firstly, he halted a stop to indoor group fitness in big cities and closely surrounding areas. The two-week pause will last until November 27. Kenney encouraged everyone to stay active.
He also put a temporary stop to group singing, dancing, and theatre groups.
Beginning tomorrow, all restaurants and bars must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. in all places that have enhanced measures in place. Namely, Calgary and Edmonton.
The premier also made a call for all areas under enhanced measures, saying that no one should be having gatherings in their home. Though, he did say the restrictions are voluntary.
Kenney also limited weddings and funerals to 50 people in the same zones.
In addition, faith-based services will be limited to one-third of capacity in places with enhanced measures, as well.
On the Alberta COVID-19 map, the enhanced measure zones and in purpose.