CALGARY — Last Friday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that new COVID-19 restrictions regarding masking and a curfew on serving liquor are now in place.
The return to some health restrictions — including limits on indoor gatherings for unvaccinated Albertans, a curfew on licensed establishments to serve alcohol and a province-wide mask mandate — are in response to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the province.
Masks are now mandatory for all indoor public spaces and workplaces and restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, nightclubs and other licensed establishments will be required to end alcohol service at 10 p.m. In addition, Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person contacts. To support this, the province strongly recommends that unvaccinated Albertans limit their indoor social gatherings to close contacts of only two cohort families up to a maximum of 10 people.
It’s also recommended that plans for in-person return to work be paused and that employers revert to work-from-home where possible. If employees are working on location, employees must mask for all indoor settings, except in work stations.