The last two years have been a wild ride, but the government has formally announced that they will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta this week.
In a statement released Monday evening, provincial leaders confirmed that on July 14th at 11:59 pm, Alberta would take its final step in the plan to ease public health measures – citing a significant decrease in virus-related hospitalizations.
“We need to live with COVID-19 while accepting that it will continue to be present,” said Alberta’s minister of health, Jason Copping. “We’ll continue to work to keep Albertans safe by ensuring access to vaccines, antivirals and rapid tests, through ongoing COVID-19 surveillance, and by enhancing healthcare system capacity.”
As part of a three-step plan that was introduced in February of 2022, this final phase will eliminate the last few rules Alberta had in place.
Alberta enters Step 3 effective June 14 at 11:59 p.m.
• Mandatory masking on public transit is lifted
• Isolation becomes a recommendation only
— Jason Kenney 🇺🇦 (@jkenney) June 13, 2022
These include the following:
- masking on public transit
- mandatory isolation.
Alberta Health Care centres and continuing care facilities, however – will still have some measures in place as per their infection prevention and control policies – which is reasonable.
“Learning to live with COVID-19 does not mean forgetting about it,” said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
“As we bring COVID-19 management in line with other respiratory diseases, it will continue to be vital that we receive our primary vaccine series and any additional booster doses we are eligible for, and continue good habits like washing our hands regularly and avoiding being around others if we feel sick.”
For more information or to stay updated on COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta (or lack there of) visit the Government’s website here.
We made it, Alberta. Please continue to be kind and safe!