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Posted on: December 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] New Restrictions COVID-19 as of Dec 8th &13th, 2020

Dec 8 restrictions

Summary of Restrictions

  • Alberta is introducing sweeping new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 that will begin on Sunday and remain in place for four weeks — through Christmas and New Year's.
  • Premier Jason Kenney announced that effective immediately, indoor and outdoor social gatherings are prohibited. People who live alone are limited to up to two close contacts for in-person visits. 
  • Masks are now mandatory across the province in all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home. Until now, Alberta had been the only province without a mask mandate. 
  • Starting Sunday, retail services and malls must reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy. Restaurants, pubs, and bars are closed to in-person service. Takeout, delivery and curbside pickup are allowed. 
  • Hair salons, nail salons, casinos, bowling alleys, gyms, movie theatres, libraries and museums will be closed as of Sunday.
  • Places of worship are limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy. 
  • Starting Sunday, all employees are required to work from home unless their employer determines they need to be at work in person. 
  • Alberta reported 1,727 new cases on Tuesday, for a total of 20,388 active cases. The province has a nine per cent positivity rate. Nine more people have died, for a total of 640 deaths.
  • There are 654 people in hospital, 112 in ICUs.
  • Alberta will triple its small and medium enterprise grants to $20,000, while lowering the eligibility criteria to 30 per cent of revenues lost retroactive to March.

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