Premier Jason Kenney said Alberta students who have chosen to learn in-person will head back to class next week, as originally planned. All other COVID-19 public health measures that are in place will remain in place until at least Jan. 21, the premier added.
Kenney said businesses will be given at least one week’s notice should changes be made to the current public health restrictions.
Current restrictions put in place in mid-December include a ban on in-person dining and limit grocery and retail stores to 15 per cent of their fire capacity. These restrictions, which went into place on Dec. 13, also forced the closure of personal services like gyms and hair salons.
Other measures, which ban both indoor and outdoor gatherings and mandate masks province-wide, were implemented on Dec. 8.
The announcement came as Alberta reported 968 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, along with 24 additional deaths from the disease. Alberta’s death toll from COVID-19 has reached 1,217. (Additional daily COVID-19 data below).
STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT