March 1, all but two COVID health restrictions removed

Leader staff

On Saturday, February 26, the provincial government announced that on March 1 step two of COVID reopening starts. This removes everything except to restrictions. Masks are still required in hospitals and public transit. Also, isolation for people with symptoms remains.

This was a confirmation of a plan announced earlier.

Step two – effective March 1:

  • 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.
  • The provincial mask mandate will be lifted in most settings. However, masking will still be required in high-risk settings, including on public transit, at Alberta Health Services-operated and contracted facilities and all continuing care settings.
  • Restrictions on interactive activities, liquor service and operating hours will be lifted
  • Mandatory work-from-home requirements will be removed.

Step three:

The timing of Step three depends on hospitalization rates continuing to decrease.

  • COVID-19-specific measures in continuing care and acute care settings and on public transit will be removed.
  • Mandatory isolation becomes a recommendation only.

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