Alberta, Canada's largest oil-producing province, announced strict new limits on businesses and social events in an attempt to control a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. What might happen if these ones don't work isn't yet clear, though Kenney said "more stringent" rules are a possibility, adding that the province is considering more support for people to quarantine and isolate.
The chief medical officer of health will give another update Friday afternoon.
"These mandatory measures will help us slow the spread of COVID-19".
In the last 24 hours, there were nine additional COVID-related deaths reported: one on November 30, one on December 1, three on December 5, and four on December 7. "We are all impacted by the toll it is taking on our health system", said Hinshaw. Anyone who lives alone can still have two non-household close contacts.
New expanded mandatory measures come into effect December 8, 2020 for social gatherings and mandatory masking. In-person service will not be permitted.
Retail businesses and places of worship will be allowed to remain open but must reduce capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.
Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions and private clubs will be ordered to close.
Outdoor recreation remains allowed, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.
The new restrictions that take effect on Sunday and include the closure of restaurants, bars and coffeeshops for in-person dining, recreational facilities will need to shutter as well as hair and nail salons along with tattoo parlours.
As of December 13, working from home is mandatory unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operation effectiveness.
Hotels and outdoor recreation can remain open as long as they follow specific restrictions.
Another 13 deaths were reported to the province, bringing the total to 666.