Alberta doubles outdoor gathering limit to 200 people for select events

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

The change applies to outdoor events like performances, festivals, fireworks displays and sporting events. Seated events still require appropriate space between families and cohorts.

The new maximum is only in effect for audience-type community events.

Alberta's chief medical officer announced Tuesday that there are COVID-19 outbreaks at four Edmonton restaurants.

"We are making this shift based on several factors, including an analysis of how the virus is spreading in Alberta and the reduced risk of gatherings held outdoors".

It says that during a watch, the province is "monitoring the risk and discussing with local governments and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures".

Indoor social gatherings remain at a maximum of 50 attendees, however, there is no cap on the number of people who attend worship gatherings, restaurants, cafes, lounges, bars, casinos, and bingo halls, so long as public health measures are in place.

Fort McMurray now has 20 active cases and 31 recoveries of COVID-19.

The province reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the RMWB in the last 24 hours.

More than 7,400 Albertans have recovered from the disease and 41 remain in hospital, nine of those in ICU, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said.

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