Restaurants, indoor fitness set to resume operations

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Alberta’s government announced during the Friday, January 29 regular COVID update, further restrictions would be eased based on hospitalization benchmarks.

As hospitalizations across the province are below the first benchmark of 600 and declining, restrictions on indoor and outdoor children’s sports, indoor fitness, and dine-in services at restaurants, pubs, and cafes are set to relax beginning Monday, February 8.

“We’re taking this approach to ensure we are not risking hospital capacity for Albertans when they need it most,” said Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw during Friday’s update. “This is vital to ensuring expert care and services are available for all Albertans when they need it, regardless of whether it’s from COVID, a car crash, or any other medical emergency.”

Hospitalization numbers will be re-evaluated three weeks after these restrictions are eased, on Monday, March 1. If numbers are below the next benchmark, of 450 and declining, further easing of restrictions will be considered.

While restrictions are easing within Alberta, the Government of Canada issued new travel restrictions for Canadians which went into effect Sunday, January 31 restricting travel to and from Mexico and the Caribbean. Beginning on Wednesday, February 3, travellers returning from out-of-country will also be required to provide proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test; they must also quarantine for a minimum of three nights at an approved hotel and take an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival. These tests will be limited to four airports, which includes the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

As of Monday, February 1 there are 12 active and 170 recovered cases of COVID-19 within the Town of Drumheller; there are also 11 active and 39 recovered cases at the Drumheller Institution. There are also three active cases in Kneehill County, 10 in Starland County, and 11 in Wheatland County.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail