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Alberta government recommends cancelling large events as part of COVID-19 strategy

Alberta will be adopting new public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The government is asking organizers of all large gatherings and international events to cancel them and advising Albertans not to travel outside of the country.

Any events with 250 or more attendees such as sporting events, conferences and community events should be cancelled. This does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres.

Schools and daycares can remain open but staff are asked to limit the number of attendees so that no more than 250 people are in the same room at the same time.

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Events with more than 50 attendees with international participants or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors or other high-risk populations should also be cancelled.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the recommendations after four new cases, all travel-related, were found bringing the total up to 23. Travel outside the country is not recommended as they say it no longer possible to assess health risks for trips.

“The virus is spreading rapidly and is now a global threat. We are implementing these new measures to slow its spread and limit the risks in the weeks ahead. Protecting the health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.”

The four new cases were found in the Calgary zone including a two-year-old child who is recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery. One case has been found in the central zone.

Residents are reminded to practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently and thoroughly as well as avoid touching their faces.

Alberta Health says anyone who develops flu-like symptoms should immediately self-isolate and call 811 to be tested.

More information about testing can be found on the Government of Alberta website.

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