Province Easing More COVID-19 Measures, Fort McMurray’s Active Total Drops To 20

The province is once again easing more COVID-19 restrictions.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced on Monday they are moving forward with all initiatives in step 2 of their plan to reopen the economy after multiple were temporarily delayed.

This includes retail being able to have up to 25 per cent capacity in their buildings at one time, while banquet halls, community halls, conference centres, and hotels can once again host conferences and events, permitted performance activities, wedding ceremonies with up to 10 individuals, and funeral services up to a maximum of 20 individuals.

Wedding receptions, funeral receptions, and trade shows are still not allowed.

Also, up to 10 people in college and university athletic programs can train together and child and youth performances, such as dancing, singing, playing wind instruments, and theatre, can continue with the same limitations as sports.

Physical distancing must continue to happen, while masks still need to be worn except when actually training.

All the information on current restrictions and those that have been eased can be found on the GoA’s website.

Daily COVID-19 Update

Fort McMurray is seeing another drop in active COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, also announced on Monday 582 new cases in the past two days across Alberta.

There are currently 4,633 active cases across Alberta, while there have been a total of 136,119 positive tests. There are also 254 Albertans in the hospital for the virus, 36 of which are in ICUs.

Locally, Fort McMurray’s active total sits at 20.

The rural areas added one new recovery in the past 48 hours, putting the total of active cases at five.

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

In total, 1,882 individuals across the RMWB – 1,742 in Fort McMurray, 131 in the rural areas, and nine in Wood Buffalo National Park – have recovered.

They are among the 129,566 who’ve recovered across the province. This represents just over 95 per cent of reported cases.

There were also nine new deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta over the past 48 hours – raising the total to 1,920.

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

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