After 15 months, the announcement Albertans have been waiting for is here.
Over 70 per cent of the eligible population in Alberta has gotten one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which clears the threshold to implement stage three of the province's reopening plan.
As such, Premier Jason Kenney announced on Friday (June 18) that all COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta will be lifted on Canada Day (July 1). This includes indoor social gatherings and capacity limits for all services and events. The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted as well, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.
"The end of this terrible time is just two weeks away," Kenney said. "Alberta isn't just open for summer, but open for good."
Those with confirmed cases of COVID-19 still legally have to follow isolation requirements and protective measures in continuing care settings may remain.
The province is still strongly encouraging Albertans to get their first and second doses of the vaccine to ensure COVID-19 numbers do not rise again.
All Albertans that received their first dose of the vaccine in May are now able to book appointments for a second dose. Anyone that got their first shot in June can book for a second once four weeks to pass, though people who had the AstraZeneca vaccine first are recommended to wait eight weeks to maximize its effectiveness.