Alberta premier says all restrictions could be lifted by late June or early July

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The Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said has said all public health restrictions could be lifted by late June or early July.

Kenney made the announcement while unveiling the government’s Open for Summer Plan, a three-stage plan to gradually reopen the activities, businesses and services impacted by public health restrictions.

“Today we are truly near the end of this thing. We are leaving the darkest days of the pandemic behind and stepping into the warm light of summer,” Kenney said.

“With Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, a three-stage plan, we will see all COVID-19 health restrictions lifted in only a few weeks time as long as Albertans keep doing the right things for just a little while longer,” Kenney said, adding that “That means backyard BBQs, dream weddings, family reunions, concerns, festivals, birthday parties, dinner gatherings, and yes the Calgary Stampede will be back on.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said the province reported 390 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, including 136 Variant of Concern cases.

Dr. Hinshaw further added that 6 people died of the virus during the period while 548 others are in hospital with 157 of them in ICU.

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