Red Deer bus passengers will be asked to wear a mask starting Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Alberta to lift remaining health restrictions

Masking on public transit won’t be mandatory starting Thursday

Alberta will lift its remaining health restrictions later this week.

On Tuesday at 11:59 p.m., Alberta will move to Step 3 of its plan to ease public health measures, which includes lifting mandatory masking on public transit and ending mandatory isolation, in common with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isolation will remain recommended for those with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.

The rate of new hospitalizations has been declining since its peak on April 26, when there were 20.7 new COVID-19 admissions per day per million population. As of June 9, the weekly average of new hospitalizations rate was 6.6 per day per million population.

PCR test positivity and wastewater surveillance also show a continuing trend of declining COVID-19 transmission.

Masking and any other measures to protect patients in Alberta Health Services and contracted health facilities will remain in place through AHS policy as required for infection prevention and control.

Chief medical officer of health orders in continuing care will be rescinded by June 30, but some measures in continuing care settings will remain in place through standards and policy. This includes maintaining practices like isolation of symptomatic residents, outbreak protocols and masking.

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