An impromptu carol-singing gathering outside Red Deer City Hall on Sunday appeared to spread seasonal joy without running afoul of new COVID-19 health restrictions.
The Family Carol Sing-Along was promoted on social media after the province announced new health restrictions banning indoor and outdoor social gatherings.
Police were aware of the event and attended to ensure that Alberta’s health measures were being observed.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Laurel Scott said officers attended what turned out to be a small gathering of carollers, who wearing masks.
“It appeared they were standing within family groups,” said Scott.
The singing session broke up after a short time without there being any reason for RCMP to intervene.
Police did have to respond with charges at a Dec. 5 anti-mask rally at City Hall Park. Two charges were laid an additional five violation notices for breaching public health orders were issued.
In her Monday COVID-19 update, Alberta Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw addressed some of the confusion around the new outdoor gathering rules.
Hockey or shinny are not permitted outdoors because it puts players within two metres of each other. Other skating activities are allowed with up to 10 skaters per rink. Only members of the same household should come within two metres of each other.
Hinshaw is also strongly urging people to avoid big gatherings over the holiday season to prevent the spread of the virus.