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Alberta announces state of public emergency - adds gathering restrictions

"People will be fined," Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. State of emergency to last at least three weeks.
The decision comes after an eight hour Covid Cabinet Committee meeting on Monday.

A state of public emergency has been declared by Alberta premier Jason Kenney.

"No indoor social gatherings are permitted - period," he said Tuesday afternoon.

"The virus is continuing to spread and Alberta is setting daily records for COVID-19 and deaths," said Alberta premier Jason Kenney Tuesday afternoon - noting the cases in seniors home and care homes.

"To protect the vulnerable we all have to do our part to limit community spread. Inevitably if there is wide-spread transmission - it will get to our seniors," said Kenney underlining the importance of stopping both ICU and hospital admissions, or a delay surgeries and health services will be forthcoming.

"To make sure we have beds to care for people who have COVID-19."

Kenney said it was time to take the right measures in the battle against COVID-19.

"I am declaring a state of public emergency in Alberta. These are the minimum restrictions - and social gatherings are the biggest problem," says Kenney.

Return to school for grades 7 to 12 in Alberta will be delayed for a week as well

This is an ongoing and developing story.

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