Phase 2 of Alberta’s official COVID-19 re-launch begins today. Earlier this week Premier Jason Kenney announced the re-launch will start June 12; a week earlier than initially planned.
Part of Phase 2 includes raising indoor gathering numbers to 50 and outdoor gathering numbers to 100, as long as physical distancing is maintained.
Restaurants, bars, lounges and cafes will be able to operate at full capacity, as opposed to the 50 per cent in Phase 1, however they will still be limited to six people per table.
Some of Phase 3’s activities have also been moved up into Phase 2, such as indoor recreation, fitness and sports facilities including gyms and pools.
Following the announcement the City of Wetaskiwin began making plans on how to best approach the early arrival of Phase 2.
A statement from the City of Wetaskiwin says, “the City of Wetaskiwin is currently in the process of reviewing its re-opening plans and continues to work closely with public health authorities to ensure a safe and successful re-launch of programs and services.”
The City says that the safety of Wetaskiwin’s community members and staff remains their top priority while making decisions regarding Phase 2 re-openings.
“The province’s decision to move up the re-launch is exciting, and I know we are all happy to be able to access additional facilities and services,” said City Manager Sue Howard. “Given this extremely short notice, however, all of the provincial re-launch guidelines have not yet been released and the Emergency Operations Centre will need time to review each guiding document to ensure we align with provincial health requirements.”
The Provincial Relaunch strategy is outlined on the Government of Alberta website available at alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy. Updates on Wetaskiwin’s Phase 2 decisions for City-managed facilities and public spaces can be found at Wetaskiwin.ca/covid-19.