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Mr. Kenney's government loosened public-health measures beginning in February as it permitted restaurants to open, expanded capacity for retailers and churches, opened salons, and allowed more activities in gyms.

Alberta reported 2,012 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, which represented a test positivity rate of 13.2 per cent - one of the highest recorded in the province.

Kenney pointed to our neighbours to the east and west in Saskatchewan and B.C. who he says have roughly the same restrictions Alberta does, but our case count continues to rise, while theirs fall.

Kenney last night said the next three weeks are critical and catastrophe awaits if spread of the novel coronavirus remains unchecked. In his address, Kenney noted that if exponential growth of COVID-19 continues, Albertans risk pushing the limits of their healthcare system within weeks.

"If we don't want widespread delays or cancellations of surgeries and other health care".

Outdoor gatherings will be limited to five people with a strong recommendation they be restricted to no more than two family cohorts.

Places of worship will also be limited to 15 people instead of 15% capacity and attendance at funerals is cut in half to 10 people.

Effective Friday, May 7, all students in kindergarten to grade 12 will move to online learning until Monday, May 25.

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These services include personal and wellness services, such as hair salons, barbers, or tattoo parlours. Dining establishments may remain open for takeout and delivery.

Municipalities that have fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people and/or fewer than 30 active cases will be required to return to Step 0 level restrictions.

His announcement came shortly after the federal NDP asked Ottawa to consider invoking the Emergencies Act in response to the crisis in Alberta.

With 23,608 active cases provincewide, Alberta has the highest active case rate per population of any Canadian province or territory.

There are now 671 Albertans in hospital due to the virus, including 150 individuals in intensive care.

You can read about all of the new rules on the government of Alberta website. However, he asserted the measures are necessary to prevent Alberta's healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks. It would require them to use resources for patients with "the greatest likelihood of overall survival" but also take into account the amount of resources needed for that to happen.

"We've spent all of our savings, all of our capital, everything that we could, into staying through the open-close, open-close", said Laura Coles, Prairie Dog Brewing co-founder.

As of Tuesday, Alberta had 671 people in hospital.

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