Alberta flexes COVID-19 rules for gyms, libraries, delays other re-openings

03 Mars, 2021, 13:15 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Alberta

Alberta cracked open the doors of libraries and gyms Monday in a careful lifting of restrictions aimed at keeping COVID-19 in check, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Hospitalizations have remained below the threshold required to move into the next step since mid-February. If things improve they could be loosened before Stage Three.

The decision by the province would determine whether or not Alberta will transition into the second step of its reopening plan this week, which would see the easing of restrictions for retail, banquet and community halls, conference centres, hotels, indoor fitness centres and children's activities.

Fitness facilities will be allowed to reopen for low-intensity individual and group fitness activities which will be allowed indoors.

Mandatory physical distance of three metres is required between participants, including coaches and trainers, at all times, and masks must be worn at all times by trainers and those participating in low-intensity activities.

"Low-intensity fitness is stuff that doesn't make you breathe significantly harder than you usually do", says Shandro. "[.] I know many Albertans are eager to get back to activities like running on the treadmill, high-intensity activities like that are still only allowed on a one-on-one basis with a trainer or for a household and one trainer".

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, LNN spoke with a local gym operator to see how they are trying to make sense of the new COVID-19 regulations and how they are implementing them in their facilities.

"While our hospitalizations are dropping. active cases have levelled off recently".

"He called the inoculations a" game-changer" and against lambasted Justin Trudeau for his government's vaccine rollout fiasco, noting Canada now rank 40th in the world. A ban remains on indoor gatherings, as Kenney says about 30 per cent of known transmissions are coming from these settings.

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A decision on Step Three will be at least another three weeks. "We're not out of the woods but we can continue taking small steps forwards".

After some gym owners expressed their confusion about the latest changes in COVID-19 restrictions announced by the provincial government on Monday, Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro tried to provide some more clarity.

On Monday, Alberta reported two more deaths and 291 new cases of the illness, with 247 patients being treated in hospitals, including 48 in intensive-care beds.

The easing of regulations comes days after the Western Standard revealed admissions into Alberta's intensive care units (ICUs) actually dropped previous year.

"To do so would end up in weeks jeopardizing our health-care system".

While numbers in ICU peaked at over 100, there are now only 55 people as of the weekend receiving that level of care.

To date, 235,5080 have been administered with over 88,000 Albertans being fully immunized. There are now 4,505 active cases across the province.

There are now 257 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, including 48 in intensive care.

Numerous rallies have been held across the province as people have gathered to protest the restrictions.

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