Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that outdoor gatherings are now permitted to have as many as 50 people. Everyone attending must keep a two-metre physical distance, follow proper hygiene practices, and avoid sharing food or drinks, which have been frequently linked to transmission of COVID-19.
“Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy recognizes the importance of the outdoors and recreation for Albertans’ sense of well-being, while also recommending limiting non-essential travel outside the province at this time,” Dr. Hinshaw said.
The new 50-or-fewer limit applies only to outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings are still limited to fewer than 15 people.
Also, Dr. Hinshaw announced she will start to provide updates on a reduced schedule. Next week, updates will be held on Tuesday and Thursday. The following week, she will schedule availabilities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Latest COVID-19 Numbers
Active cases in Alberta have dropped to 1,073, down 58 from the last report.
Four residents of continuing care residents have also died, bringing the provincial death tally to 125. Ninety-one of the 125 fatal COVID-19 victims were residents of continuing care facilities.
Seniors have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Average age of fatalities in Alberta is 82, according to Alberta Health data.
Sixty-two people are in hospital, down three from the last report, with nine admitted to intensive care units.
Below is a breakdown, by health zones, of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta.
- Calgary Zone – 870 active cases (minus 45)
- South Zone – 106 active cases (minus 7)
- Edmonton Zone – 61 active cases (minus 2)
- North Zone – 18 active cases (minus 2)
- Central Zone – 13 active cases (plus 2)
- There are 5 active cases and 19 recovered cases in zones that are yet to be confirmed.