"We're not out of the woods but we can continue taking small steps forwards".
"The health care system and the population, after having been stressed for so long, really can't tolerate another surge before the end of our vaccination campaign", Noel Gibney and James Talbot wrote.
In Stage 1, restaurants were able to reopen for dine-in service, gyms were allowed to resume one-on-one fitness training and some restrictions were lifted on youth sports.
Mandatory physical distance of three metres will be required between all participants, not from the same household, including coaches and trainers, and masks must be worn at all times by trainers and those participating in low-intensity activities.
Dr. Hinshaw says the evidence on COVID-19 vaccines is constantly evolving, and the way provinces handle immunizations must update to reflect the newest information.
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He also called for stronger worldwide measures to stop violence by security forces against peaceful demonstrators. At least 15 people were arrested, a police official confirmed. "People blocked the roads without reason".
There are 19 cases of the COVID-19 variant at an Edmonton continuing care facility, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday afternoon.
Alberta's testing positivity rate, as low as 3.2 per cent three weeks ago, is now routinely above four per cent and was 4.9 per cent Monday.
Alberta has confirmed 457 cases of the variants, mostly the one first identified in Britain - the highest per-capita rate in the country. The letter, from two doctors who are co-chairs of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association's pandemic committee, said the "short window" to prevent a third wave is closing.
As government and health officials hinted Tuesday, Hinshaw announced the province would extend the period between first and second vaccine doses to up to four months "with the goal of providing first doses to all Albertans as soon as possible".
Kenney said the long-term solution remains getting more Albertans vaccinated and urged the federal government to push for more doses. Approximately 89,000 people have received two doses. Residents in other care homes, such as seniors lodges, are also being vaccinated.