Alberta Mirror

Monday, October 3, 2022

Edmonton citizens, leaders, respond to Alberta plan to raise pandemic restrictions

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘At some moment, things had to be raised,’ states Dr. Raiyan Chowdhury.
  • Alberta’s rules exemption program has terminated, denoting individuals wanting to dine in at restaurants or attend concerts will no longer have to scan QR codes to get entry.

Alberta’s plan to lift covid limitations: 

The Alberta government’s three-step strategy to release pandemic health measures is met with diverse responses from Edmonton citizens.

The Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) has now been terminated, along with capacity constraints for smaller venues. Following week, masks will no longer be needed for kids in schools, and if the number of hospitalizations persists in falling, the provincial mask order will be terminated. 

When declaring the strategy on Tuesday night, Premier Jason Kenney stated the danger of COVID-19 to public health no longer overshadows the adverse consequences of health conditions on society. 

“Now is the time to start learning to live with COVID,” he stated. Source – cbc.ca

Kenney stated constraints have separated families and friends, but their reduction has also been divisive.

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Residents of Alberta and leaders react to the plan of lifting covid restrictions

‘Too much, too quick

Edmonton Public Schools board chair Trisha Estabrooks stated on Twitter that the judgment to release masking in schools after this month is “too much, too quick.” She stated school divisions were not conferred on the change. Source – cbc.ca

“With low vaccination rates in kids age 5–11, this regards like we are taking away a critical layer in the process to keep students and the team as safe as feasible,” Estabrooks reported. Source – cbc.ca

Some doctors have told the REP is still required and warned regarding drawing rules before hospitalization levels have fallen.

Dr. Raiyan Chowdhury, a vital care specialist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Alberta, informed CBC News that he was surprised conditions were removed so fast but did not object to the government’s program.

“To some extent, it may be early, but at some point, things had to be lifted,” he told. Source – cbc.ca

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