BREAKING: Jason Kenney announces stricter public health measures for Alberta, including increased fines for violating health measures

On Tuesday, May 4, the Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney announced additional public health measures in the province. Some of the new measures include doubling the “basic fine” for violating public health measures from $1,000 to $2,000, moving all schools to remote-learning, capping places of worship to 15 people, among others.

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During the recorded remarks, Jason Kenney introduced additional health measures in Alberta on top of the already existing ones. Kindergarten to grade 12 will be moved to remote learning, making all school grades in the province effectively online.

For at least 3 weeks, workplaces with Covid-19 outbreaks will be mandated to close operation for a minimum of 10-days. 

Post-secondary institutions will also move to online learning. 

Retail locations must reduce capacity limits to 10%, and outdoor gatherings will be capped at 5 people, down from the allowed 10 prior to this announcement. 

Places of worship will have their capacity limits be decreased from 15% to just 15 people max and funerals will be limited to 10 attendees. 

Personal wellness services including hair salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, and nail salons will be closed for the next 3-weeks. 

In-person dining, including outdoor patios, will be closed for the next 3-weeks and will only be allowed to provide take-out and delivery.

Kenney also announced that the government will double the “basic fine” for violating public health measures from $1,000 to $2,000. The maximum fine will remain at $100,000.

A tougher enforcement protocol will be introduced for people who are “repeat offenders”. 

“We will not tolerate those who endanger the health of their fellow Albertans while the vast majority of people are doing the right thing, Jason Kenney said at the press conference. 

Premier Kenney did not take questions from the media and the announcement appeared to be pre-recorded.

More details to come.

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