Province Easing Restrictions For Fitness Centres & Libraries, Fort McMurray & Rural Areas Each Add One New COVID-19 Case

The province is easing more COVID-19 restrictions.

Premier Jason Kenney announced on Monday they’re moving into step two of their four-step plan to reopen the economy.

Libraries can now reopen, however, they must limit their capacity to 15 per cent with staff not being included.

Gyms and fitness centres can once again allow individuals and groups to hold low-intensity workouts. This includes pilates, tai chi, and indoor climbing.

High-intensity workouts are still not allowed, while drop-in service is still prohibited.

There were plans to ease restrictions on retail, children’s sports, hotels, banquets, community halls, and conference centres as part of step two, however, the province is delaying a decision on these services as they continue to monitor the virus and new variants.

Daily COVID-19 Update

Fort McMurray and the rural areas are seeing slight increases in active cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, also announced on Monday 291 new cases across Alberta.

There are currently 4,674 active cases across Alberta, while there have been a total of 133,795 positive tests. There are also 257 Albertans in the hospital for the virus, 48 of which are in ICUs.

Locally, Fort McMurray added one new case which raises the active total to 39.

The rural areas also added a new case in the past 24 hours, putting the total of active cases at five.

There continue to be no active cases in Wood Buffalo National Park.

In total, 1,855 individuals across the RMWB – 1,716 in Fort McMurray, 130 in the rural areas, and nine in Wood Buffalo National Park – have recovered.

They are among the 127,233 who’ve recovered across the province. This represents over 95 per cent of reported cases.

There were also two new deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta over the past 24 hours – raising the total to 1,888.

To date, three individuals in Fort McMurray have died as a result of the virus.

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