May 26th, 2020

Alberta opens more shops in Calgary, Brooks amid COVID-19 recovery relaunch


By The Canadian Press on May 22, 2020.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney makes his way to the chamber as the Alberta Legislature sits through the weekend to pass a series of emergency bills, in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. Restaurants, barber shops and hair salons in Calgary and Brooks now have the official go-ahead to reopen their doors on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY – Restaurants, barber shops and hair salons in Calgary and Brooks now have the official go-ahead to reopen their doors on Monday.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says declining COVID-19 case trends in those two cities, which had experienced the highest levels of infections, make the reopening safe.

Those shops were allowed to open last week in the rest of Alberta, but the government wanted to see progress in Calgary and Brooks before giving them the green light there.

Retailers and daycares were allowed to open provincewide last week.

This is the first phase of Alberta’s strategy to reopen its economy after flattening the curve on the pandemic.

Alberta has 926 active cases, with 59 people in hospital, and its per capita testing rates among the highest in the world.

Kenney says if the numbers continue to stay flat or decline, the next phase of reopening movie theatres, spas and other personal care services will proceed as planned on June 19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2020

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