Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney on Tuesday finally announced that effective at midnight, there will be a formal end to the province’s Covid vaccine passport system.
No longer will residents be required to show proof of vaccine to enter bars, restaurants or entertainment venues.
In addition, all mask mandates for schools will ALSO end o February 14.
“It is clear that we passed the peak of our current infections about three weeks ago and are now seeing the result as COVID-related hospital admissions are declining,” Kenney said at a news conference.
“It has always been the government’s approach to keep public health measures in place only so long as they are absolutely necessary to protect public health and our health-care system throughout the pandemic.”
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As of midnight Tuesday, Albertans will no longer need to show their QR code to dine in restaurants or sit at entertainment venues.
Premier Jason Kenney announced the three-step plan to ease public health measures in the province on Tuesday. As he’d previously promised, the restrictions exemption program — Alberta’s version of the vaccine passport — was first to go.
At midnight, capacity limits will be removed for smaller venues, including libraries and places of worship with a capacity of less than 500. Food and beverage consumption will be allowed in venues where audiences are seated.
Facilities with a capacity of 500 to 1,000 will continue to be limited to 500, while facilities with capacity for 1,000-plus people will be limited to 50 per cent.
Step 2 comes into effect on March 1, if hospitalization numbers continue to trend down. Those changes include:
Any remaining provincial school requirements (including cohorting) will be removed.
Screening prior to youth activities will no longer be required.
Capacity limits will be lifted for all venues.
Limits on social gatherings will be removed.
Provincial mask mandate will be removed.
Mandatory work from home removed.
The timing of Step 3 will be determined by hospitalization rates, Kenney said. This phase will see COVID-specific measures in continuing care removed and mandatory isolation becoming a recommendation only.