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Alberta officially open! All COVID restrictions gone

Virtually all COVID-19 restrictions are now lifted as Alberta leads Canada by entering Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan.

As of July 1, Albertans are now free to gather indoors and outdoors, places of worship and businesses can operate at full capacity, the provincial mask mandate is repealed, and people can safely get back to doing all of the activities they enjoy.

“This is a fantastic day for Alberta,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“We have crushed COVID-19 and with cases plummeting and vaccine uptake climbing, we are Open for Summer. With vaccines on our side, businesses can once again thrive, and Albertans can get back to their normal lives. Together, thanks to the sacrifices made by Albertans, we have made it through this terrible time. Now, a new day dawns and the future looks bright.”

To date, 72.8 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose of vaccine, and 42.4 per cent have received both doses, offering a strong level of community protection in the province. Alberta Health estimates that 50 per cent of eligible Albertans will be fully immunized by July 6.

Mandatory isolation and quarantine rules remain in place, and masking is still required in hospitals, continuing care, mass transit, ride shares, and taxis.