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COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 500

Provincial Press Release May 29, 2021 @ 4:33 published at 4:45

The province has reached another milestone, with the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropping to only 478.

If this trend continues, Stage 2 easing of restrictions could start on June 10, given than 60 per cent of Albertans are now vaccinated. Alberta Health will continue to closely monitor hospitalization trends over the next two weeks.

“This decline in the number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 shows that Albertans’ efforts to stick to guidelines and to get vaccinated are paying off. As long as hospitalizations stay below 500, we will move into Stage 2 on June 10 and be one step closer to having an amazing and fully open Alberta summer.” Jason Kenney, Premier

“Fewer people in hospital shows Albertans are responding to our call for vaccinations, and is yet another welcome sign that we are on the right track. Health officials will continue to monitor this trend closely in the weeks ahead as we move towards reopening the province.” Tyler Shandro, Health Minister

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses, and protect Alberta’s health care system.

Stage 2 of the Open for Summer Plan:

  • Outdoor social gatherings increase to 20 people, with distancing.

  • Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees. Receptions are permitted outdoors only.

  • Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 people permitted, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests. Receptions are permitted outdoors only.

  • Restaurants may seat tables with up to six people, indoors or outdoors.

  • Dining parties are no longer restricted to households only.

  • Physical distancing and other restrictions still apply.

  • Retail capacity increases to one-third of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance).

  • Capacity for places of worship increases to one-third of fire code occupancy.

  • Gyms and other indoor fitness open for solo and drop-in activities with three-metre distancing between participants and fitness classes may resume with three-metre distancing.

  • Indoor settings may open with up to one-third of fire code occupancy, including indoor recreation centres. This includes arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries and libraries.

  • Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions.

  • Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, may resume, with restrictions.

  • Personal and wellness services can resume walk-in services.

  • Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning.

  • The work-from-home order is lifted but still recommended.

  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (e.g., grandstands) can open with one-third seated capacity.

  • Public outdoor gatherings increase to 150 people (e.g. concerts/festivals), with restrictions.

  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

  • Indoor masking and distancing requirements will remain in place throughout this stepped approach and some degree of restrictions will still apply to all activities within each step.

Additional details on the current restrictions are outlined on


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