The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to go smoothly in Alberta.
As of Thursday, 60.3 per cent of Albertans have received their first doses of the vaccine, the province said on Friday.
With the 60 per cent threshold met, Stage 2 easing of COVID-19 restrictions could begin on June 10, provided hospitalizations are below 500 and trending downwards.
As of Friday, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 remains above the threshold and sits at 517. Alberta will closely monitor hospitalization trends over the next two weeks.
“The next two weeks will be a critical time for Alberta. The more we can drive our numbers down in the next few weeks by all following public health measures, and the more Albertans who are protected by immunization, the more successful we will be in our opening,” said Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
Stage 2 includes the reopening of indoor dining at restaurants, opening of fitness facilities and movie theatres with limited capacity, as well as, increased outdoor gathering limits, and resumption of indoor and outdoor youth sports.
Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 people at that time and retail capacity increases to one-third of fire code.
Also included in the changes at that time are outdoor fixed seating facilities (e.g., grandstands) can open with one-third seated capacity and public outdoor gatherings increase to 150 people (e.g. concerts/festivals), with restrictions.
Distancing and masking requirements will remain in effect.