Alberta restaurants face new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, Photo from Trolley 5 Brewery and Restaurant Facebook page

Alberta restaurants face new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, Photo from Trolley 5 Brewery and Restaurant Facebook page

Restaurants working under new restrictions in central Alberta

Starting last Friday, any area in the province with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people falls under new, enhanced COVID-19 measures.

Red Deer, with 236 active COVID-19 cases, falls under this category. Camrose, Lacombe, Lacombe County, Wetaskiwin, County of Stettler, Sylvan Lake, Ponoka County, Red Deer County, Olds, Drumheller, are all also under enhanced measures.

Currently, restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges in these areas are open, with restrictions.

Those restrictions include a maximum of six people at a table from the same family and no movement between tables. Only seated eating and drinking is allowed, liqour can only be sold until 10 p.m. and they must close to in-person dining at 11 p.m.

Restaurants do not fall under the new enhanced measures for retail businesses, which limits those places to 25 per cent capacity.