Alberta could be "open for summer" by early July


While Hinshaw was not at Wednesday's COVID-19 update, she took time to provide clarity on how she, and her team, put together Alberta's "Open For Summer" plan.

She adds the 70 per cent threshold set by the province for the removal of most mandatory public health restrictions maximizes the protection that Alberta will have before significant reopening takes place.

The plan shows that as long as hospitalization numbers remain under 800, Alberta will move forward with its step into Stage 1, which is to begin on June 1.

Places of worship - 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28).

- The limit on outdoor social gatherings increases to 10 people.

Outdoor physical, performance, and recreational activities are permitted with up to 10 distanced people, for all ages.

Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 people permitted, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.

Wedding ceremonies - up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited).

Retail - 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance).

- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

Stage 2: Two weeks after 60 per cent of Albertans age 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted.

Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries) - open at 30% of fire code occupancy.

Funeral services - up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only).

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Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees.

Personal and wellness services - resume walk-in service.

- Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning.

- Restaurants can open indoor dining with up to six people from any household at a table.

Retail - 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance).

Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, may resume, with restrictions.

Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions.

- The limit on public outdoor gatherings - concerts and festivals - increases to 150 people.

- Outdoor fixed-seating facilities, such as grandstands, can open at one-third capacity.

Work from home order is lifted but still recommended.

More than 50 per cent of all Albertans have now received at least one dose, with 59.9 per cent of those 12 and older having been at least partially vaccinated.

"All restrictions [will be] lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings", the Alberta government website reads.

Hinshaw says Alberta's plan is a much more cautious plan than one seen in neighbouring provinces.