The Alberta Government announced Friday that mandatory masking indoors will once again come into effect from tomorrow amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.
The indoor masking is part of the temporary measures announced by the government to reduce the transmission and prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.
“These temporary measures come into effect September 4 at 8 am,” the Alberta Government said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Alberta, said “We are now at risk of not having enough hospital capacity for COVID and other health issues of Albertans within the next several weeks if we do not take action together.”
Dr. Hinshaw further added “This is why we are resuming mandatory masking indoors provincewide & implementing other measures to slow transmission & protect our health care system.”
Furthermore, Dr. Hinshaw said there has been an increase of cases over the past few weeks & an increase in hospital admissions for people with COVID.
According to Dr. Hinshaw, unvaccinated people, especially adults, are at extremely high risk of infection & severe outcomes. About 80% of cases in hospital aren’t fully vaccinated.
This comes as Alberta on Thursday reported 1,339 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 additional deaths over a period of 24 hours.