Alberta could be "open for summer" by early July

Alberta could be

"As long as we hit these targets, which we anticipate doing by the beginning of July, it would be full capacity", Kenney said about CFL games.

- The limit on outdoor social gatherings increases to 10 people. He says in general, other provincial reopening plans are more cautious than Alberta's and that they had reached important thresholds prior to easing restrictions.

- Personal and wellness services can open by appointment only.

- Funeral ceremonies may have up to 20 people.

Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees.

- Retail capacity increases to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

Stage 1 is slated to begin June 1 and is based on 50 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older receiving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as well as there being fewer than 800 coronavirus patients in hospital.

Hospitalizations will also need to be below 500 and declining.

Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted.

- Restaurants can open indoor dining with up to six people from any household at a table.

Gyms and fitness studios - open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing.

Outdoor physical, performance and recreational activities are permitted with up to 10 distanced people, for all ages. Outdoor festivals and major events like the Calgary Stampede could become super-spreader events with so many people together in close proximity.

Places of worship - 1/3 of fire code occupancy.

- Personal and wellness services can provide walk-in services.

Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning.

Retail - 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance).

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

- Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports can resume.

Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) - up to 150 people.

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

Work from home order is lifted but still recommended.

Alberta's top doctor and Premier Jason Kenney will update the province's COVID-19 status at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The province-wide masking mandate for all indoor public spaces would be lifted in Stage 3.

Talbot says there's too much emphasis on first doses and not enough on complete immunization in the reopening plan, adding people should continue following social distancing rules and wear a mask while they wait for their second dose of the vaccine.

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