As of today, July 29, "quarantine will no longer be universally, legally required for close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases," said Hinshaw.
In addition, there will no longer be asymptomatic testing for the close contacts of those who test positive. Contact tracers won't be calling close contacts anymore, either. People who test positive will be responsible for notifying their close contracts themselves, though it isn't mandatory.
Come August 16, another wave of changes will begin including the lifting of mask mandates on transit and in taxis, and removing the isolation requirement for those who test positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that these changes are a lot and that she appreciates that they might seem scary, but that the provinces is "making changes to bring COVID-19 measures in line with how we handle other respiratory illnesses."
The first change is that "quarantine will no longer be universally, legally required for close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases." In addition, routine, asymptomatic testing for close contacts will also be stopping. Hinshaw said that anyone experiencing symptoms should still isolate from others and can still get tested.
Further, contact tracers will no longer be calling close contacts. Positive cases can notify their close contacts themselves, when possible.
Come August 16, "provincial mask mandates on transit, taxis, and ride-shares will be lifted," said the top doctor. Masks may still be required at vaccination sites, hospitals and continuing care facilities.
Also starting August 16, "isolation will no longer be universally, legally required if you test positive for COVID-19, although it may be required in some high-risk settings. It will, however, continue to be recommended in all settings," said Hinshaw. Though, staying home when sick is still strongly recommended.
"We will no longer recommend that all those with mild symptoms seek testing, but rather should stay home until they are feeling better. Testing will be available to Albertans where it is needed to make treatment decisions."
After August 31, testing for COVID-19 will be available for patients whose symptoms are severe enough to need care in hospitals or physician's clinics."
While cases are climbing in Alberta, more health measures have been amended. Some of these mandates will be different in high-risk settings such as continuing care facilities.