On March 8th, 2021, the Government of Alberta announced that it was moving to complete its shift to Step 2 of its 4-Step reopening plan. This move represents a partial easing of COVID-19-related restrictions in Alberta, and acts to increase the capacity of retail services and shopping malls to 25% of their fire-code mandated capacities, allow for the restricted opening of banquet halls, community halls, and conference centres, and allows for the resumption of youth and collegiate recreation activities with up to 10 participants.
Announcing the shift, Minister of Health Tyler Shandro stated that:
“We continue striking a safe balance between easing restrictions and preventing cases from rapidly rising once again. The strain on our health system continues to decline, which benefits every Albertan. Proven health measures remain in place in all sectors, and we must all do our part to keep each other safe and continue driving hospitalizations downward.”
Under Alberta’s reopening plan, public health measures are to be eased on step-by-step basis based upon benchmarks related to the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the Province. Once hospitalizations are within range of the benchmark, the decision to move to the next step can be considered. The benchmark for Step 3 of Alberta’s reopening is a hospitalization number below 300.
This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the view of the CCLA or PBSC.