No COVID restrictions in AB; feds loosen travel restrictions

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

On June 13, the province of Alberta announced that it was lifting remaining COVID-19 restrictions.

The next day, the federal government also made an announcement easing some travel (and other) restrictions.

Alberta

The news release says, “Effective June 14 at 11:59 p.m., Alberta will move to Step 3, which includes lifting mandatory masking on public transit and ending mandatory isolation, in common with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isolation will remain recommended for those with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.

“Masking and any other measures to protect patients in Alberta Health Services (AHS) and contracted health facilities will remain in place through AHS policy as required for infection prevention and control.”

Travel etc.

As of June 20, 2022, people do not need COVID vaccine to get on a plane or train in Canada. This impacts domestic flights and people flying out of, but not into Canada.

The June 14, 2022, Government of Canada news release says, “This change does not affect border measures that require all travellers entering Canada to continue following entry requirements, including vaccination.

The changes also impact federally regulated transport sectors and federal government employees, adds the news release.

The federal news release says, “While the suspension of vaccine mandates reflects an improved public health situation in Canada, the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve and circulate in Canada and globally. Given this context, and because vaccination rates and virus control in other countries varies significantly, current vaccination requirements at the border will remain in effect. This will reduce the potential impact of international travel on our health care system and serve as added protection against any future variant. Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane or train.”

COVID vaccination remains a requirement on cruise ships.

Masking Requirements:

– Travellers on federally regulated planes and trains continue to be required to wear a mask throughout their journey except for brief periods (e.g., eating or drinking).

– Passengers on cruise ships will be expected to follow the masking requirements and other hygiene measures as directed by the ship’s crew, regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic.

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