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Kenney, Dr. Hinshaw to discuss Alberta's reopening plan

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Zakaria Loukili holds the hand of his daughter Ruqayyah 11 as he receives his COVID-19 vaccine in Alberta on May 26

Outdoor dining will be permitted in restaurants starting next week and hair salons will be allowed to book appointments, Premier Jason Kenney said in a press conference.

Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 people permitted, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.

- Outdoor patio dining at restaurants can resume with a maximum of four people from the same household at the same table.

Capacity for places of worship increases to one-third of fire code occupancy.

Stage 2 is expected to begin in mid-June and it will officially kick in two weeks after 60% of Albertans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

- The limit on outdoor gatherings increases to 20 people.

This phase of the reopening plan will be able to go ahead two weeks after 60 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 500 and declining.

The reopening will allow Canadian Football League games to be held with fully packed stadiums and permit the annual Calgary Stampede, which was canceled past year, to go ahead without many restrictions, Kenney said.

Gyms and fitness studios - open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing.

Indoor settings may open with up to one-third of fire code occupancy, including indoor recreation centres.

Distancing and masking requirements will stay.

- Wedding ceremonies can be held with up to 20 people.

- Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, can open.

Youth and adult sports - resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors.

Personal and wellness services can resume walk-in services.

Post-secondary - resume in-person learning.

- The work-from-home order is lifted but still recommended.

Public outdoor gatherings increase to 150 people (e.g. concerts/festivals), with restrictions.

- Outdoor fixed-seating facilities, such as grandstands, can open at one-third capacity.

"As long as we hit these targets, which we anticipate doing by the beginning of July, it would be full capacity", Kenney said about CFL games.

He says the "open for summer" plan is possible because Albertans have "crushed" a spike in COVID-19 cases and are getting vaccinated.

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