Targeted health measures will take effect Nov. 13
Alberta’s government is implementing additional health measures to help protect hospitals, keep schools and businesses open, and protect vulnerable Albertans.
There are 8,305 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions are at their highest point since the pandemic began.
“We must take action at this critical point to contain the rapid growth of COVID-19 in our province. Through our actions, we can support the health-care system, keep schools open, protect vulnerable Albertans and keep the economy operating throughout the province,” said Premier Jason Kenney. “This is our chance. If Albertans respond to these and other public health guidelines now, we won’t need more restrictive measures in the future.”
Starting Nov. 13, all restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs in regions under enhanced status must cease liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. The restriction will remain in place until Nov. 27.
There will also be a two-week ban on indoor group fitness classes, team sport activities and group performance activities in Edmonton and surrounding areas, Calgary and surrounding areas, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge.
Additional public health measures will also be implemented in all regions under an enhanced status. These measures will be in place until further notice:
- Maximum attendance of 50 at wedding or funeral ceremonies.
- It is recommended all faith-based activities limit attendance to one-third capacity per service.
- Residents should not hold social gatherings within their homes and should not plan social gatherings outside their community.
- It is recommended employers in office settings implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
Beginning Nov. 13, there is a 50 person limit on wedding & funeral ceremonies in enhanced status areas. We recognize the challenge to these limits but we have seen large outbreaks linked to these events. We ask faith-based orgs to limit attendance to 1/3 capacity/service. (13/16)— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) November 12, 2020
All existing guidance and legal orders remain in place in all areas.
Alberta Health, AHS and local municipalities will continue to closely monitor the spread across the province.
There are 225 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 51 in intensive care. The total number of COVID-19 deaths is 393.
The Government of Alberta is asking all Albertans to do their part. If these measures are not successful, it will be necessary to implement more restrictive measures.