November 26th, 2020

Edmonton asks province for stricter COVID-19 restrictions to reduce rising cases


By The Canadian Press on November 19, 2020.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Iveson says he's talking to other mayors about how municipalities could work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but he would prefer to see the provincial government step up with stricter measures. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says he’s talking to other mayors about how municipalities could work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but he would prefer to see the provincial government step up with stricter measures.

Iveson says Edmontonians are growing increasingly frustrated with rising case numbers.

There were more than 4,157 active cases Wednesday in the Edmonton zone, including 157 people in hospital and 36 in intensive care.

The province as a whole had 10,057 active cases, 287 people in hospital and 57 in intensive care.

Premier Jason Kenney’s government brought in new restrictions last Friday for hard-hit areas, including Edmonton, that include a two-week ban on indoor group sports and fitness classes and earlier closing times for restaurants, bars and pubs.

The government also strongly recommended there be no gatherings in homes and warned it could have to step in with fines if people don’t fall in line.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2020.

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