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Alberta declares state of public emergency

Premier Jason Kenney has declared a state of public emergency in response to COVID-19.

Public events with more than 50 attendees should be cancelled including worship gatherings and family events such as weddings. Albertans are prohibited from attending recreational facilities, community centres, casinos and bingo halls.

“This is an unprecedented moment in our history and decisive action is needed. We recognize that these measures will have a profound impact on the lives of Albertans, but they are necessary in the face of this growing pandemic,” Kenney says.

Does not apply to grocery stores, shelters, healthcare centres, airports and essential services. Not-for-profit community kitchens, soup kitchens and religious kitchens are exempt, but sanitization practices are expected to be in place.

Municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations providing social services support will immediately see $60 million to support their COVID-19 response.

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Restaurants will be allowed to stay open but with a maximum or 50 people inside or half of their authorized capacity. Take-out, drive-through and delivery services will continue.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the measures are necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Our intention is to limit opportunities for disease transmission by limiting the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces. All Albertans should take immediate action and follow all recommended public health measures. Protecting the health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.”

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