On Friday afternoon, the provincial government announced it would place additional restrictions on social gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here is a summary of everything that has been released to the public.
Restrictions will be in place for the following classifications of business:
- Close contact businesses including hair salons and barber shops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services, as well as wellness studios
- Non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
- Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer dine-in service. Take-out and delivery services will continue to be available.
- Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computer and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.
In addition, people are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15, and they must observe two metres of social distancing.
- open spaces such as trails, fields and parks
- public and private gatherings where people are brought together in a single room or space at the same time, including funerals, weddings and other formal and informal events
All visitor vehicle traffic will be barred from entering any of Albertas national and provincial parks. “You need to stay at home, respect social distancing practices and avoid public gatherings,” said federal Environment and Parks Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
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