A decline in the number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 shows Albertans’ efforts to stick to guidelines and to get vaccinated are paying off, says the province’s premier.
On Saturday, the total number of hospitalizations in the province fell below 500 – there are now 478 in hospital due to the virus.
If this trend continues, Stage 2 easing of restrictions could start on June 10, given that 60 per cent of Albertans are now vaccinated, the government said in a press release.
“As long as hospitalizations stay below 500, we will move into Stage 2 on June 10 and be one step closer to having an amazing and fully open Alberta summer,” said Kenney.
Stage 2 would feature outdoor social gatherings increased to 20 people (with distancing), gyms and indoor fitness facilities open for solo and drop-in activities, indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports would resume with no restrictions, and more.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro said officials will continue to monitor this trend closely in the weeks ahead as the government moves towards reopening the province.
“Fewer people in hospital shows Albertans are responding to our call for vaccinations, and is yet another welcome sign that we are on the right track,” Shandro said.
For more information on restrictions, visit www.alberta.ca.