Kenney to deliver update with Alberta on cusp of dropping all COVID-19 restrictions

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will deliver an update today on COVID-19 health rules, with the province on the cusp of fully reopening its economy.

Kenney has said Alberta needs 70 per cent of those eligible for vaccination to receive at least one dose in order to safely lift all restrictions.

That number was at 69.9 per cent in yesterday’s update.

Restrictions would lift two weeks after the 70 per cent mark, putting Alberta’s official reopening date in early July.

It would also make Alberta the first Canadian province or territory to return to near normal pre-COVID community activity.

Alberta has administered nearly 3.6 million vaccine doses to those aged 12 and older, and almost one-quarter of those eligible have had the required two shots.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 18, 2021

The Canadian Press

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