Alberta’s government has joined other provinces across Canada to announce evidence of vaccination programs as COVID-19 cases continue to rise to well over a thousand a day.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Alta. Prime Minister Jason Kenney said that due to the escalating COVID-19 situation, which he described as an “unvaccinated crisis”, the province would enter into evidence of vaccination program.
“It has now become clear that we need to move on,” he said.
In addition to the vaccine passport, Kenney declared a state of public health for the province.
“Unless we slow down the transmission, especially among unvaccinated Albertans, we will simply not be able to provide adequate care to the sick based on current trends,” he said.
Of the number of patients in Alberta’s intensive care units, Kenney said 90 percent are unvaccinated. The province set a pandemic high for the number of admissions to the ICU on Tuesday with 212.
“I’m not saying this to stigmatize people, but we all need to understand that the decision not to be vaccinated is not just a personal choice, it has real consequences for our whole society and for the ability of our hospitals to cope. . “
NEW LIMITATIONS FOR ALBERTA
In addition to the introduction of vaccine passports, Health Minister Tyler Shandro detailed a number of health restrictions that would take effect this month due to the increase in cases.
From 16 September, all companies must implement measures from home, unless it is absolutely necessary for employees to be in the workplace.
Indoor gatherings of fully vaccinated Albertans are limited to a single household plus another household and with a maximum of 10 people. Anyone who has not been vaccinated will not be able to attend any indoor gathering.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 200 people and physical distance measures must be maintained.
The boundaries also return to places of worship, Shandro said.
“(They) will be limited to a maximum of one third of the venue’s normal personal capacity and masking is required. Also physical distance between households must be maintained.”
Although schools have already been instructed to have all pupils, staff and teachers wear masks, the government now says primary schools will be divided into cohorts.
“For physical activity in schools, young people aged 18 and under will not be required to mask or maintain a two-meter physical distance when attending,” Shandro said. “Spectator meeting is limited to one-third capacity, and masking and physical distance between households is required.”
The same restrictions apply to activities that take place outside of school.
BUSINESS LIMITATIONS COME SEPT. 20
Additional restrictions targeting businesses and other events are scheduled to take effect Sept. 20, Shandro said.
These restrictions include a limit of six people per year. Table for outdoor dining, continued curfew on liquor sales and consumption and restrictions on attendance at events such as weddings and funerals.
Physical activities involving groups of adults will not be able to occur indoors, but individual training and exercise are allowed as long as there is a distance of three meters between the participants.
In addition, businesses such as restaurants are allowed to implement the government’s exemption program, which requires Albertans to show evidence of immunization or negative COVID-19 test results from the previous 72 hours to access events and businesses.
These rules apply to all residents 12 years and older.
“If a company chooses not to implement a restriction exemption program, they must comply with all public health measures. Grocery stores and retailers are not eligible to implement a restriction exemption program and must follow all the new health care measures,” he said.
Shandro says the new program aims to increase vaccination rates across the province.
‘Sorry we started a hostile move’
Alberta’s chief physician for health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw reiterated her apology to the Albertans, which was made last week.
During Wednesday’s availability in the media, she said the decision to loosen restrictions was made on the basis of the “best information (she) had.”
“I’m sorry we made an endemic shift to transition prematurely,” she said. “We changed our approach as soon as the evidence showed that hospitalizations did not decouple from cases as we had expected, and I continue to update my recommendations as our situation has changed.”
Hinshaw says all of the new restrictions are provincial-wide because the threat from the fourth wave of COVID-19 is affecting the entire region, not just Calgary and Edmonton.
“It is critical that we all embrace them no matter where we live,” she said. “No single sector or area of our society drives this spread alone. Instead, it is the result of close contact when people gather, especially indoors.”
When asked if she would resign from her position as Alberta’s chief physician, Hinshaw said she is dedicated to offering her services to Albertans.
“I am deeply, deeply committed to the general health of the province, and as I said in a media availability last week, it is the Albertans’ choice of who they put their trust in, and all I can do is do my part. best to earn and I do that every single day. “
Further information on the government of Alberta’s new health restrictions for COVID-19 is available online.