According to a news release from the provincial government, this afternoon (May 28), 60 per cent of eligible Albertans have now been vaccinated with at least one shot.
This benchmark means that Stage 2 easing of restrictions could begin on June 10, subject to hospitalizations being below 500 and trending downwards.
The two-week waiting period begins once the 60 per cent trigger has been met to provide time for the vaccine to take effect.
As of today, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 remains above the 500 threshold and sits at 517.
Restrictions that would be eased in Stage 2 of the Open for Summer Plan would include:
- Outdoor social gatherings increase to 20 people, with distancing.
- Wedding ceremonies with up to 20 attendees. Receptions are permitted outdoors only.
- Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 people permitted.
- Restaurants may seat tables with up to six people, indoors or outdoors.
- Dining parties are no longer restricted to households only.
- Retail capacity increases to one-third of fire code occupancy.
- Capacity for places of worship increases to one-third of fire code occupancy.
- Gyms and other indoor fitness open for solo and drop-in activities with three-metre distancing between participants and fitness classes may resume with three-metre distancing.
- Indoor settings may open with up to one-third of fire code occupancy, including indoor recreation centres. This includes arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, and libraries.
- Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions.
- Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, may resume, with restrictions.
- Personal and wellness services can resume walk-in services.
- Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning.
- The work-from-home order is lifted but still recommended.
- Outdoor fixed seating facilities (e.g., grandstands) can open with one-third seated capacity.
- Public outdoor gatherings increase to 150 people (e.g. concerts/festivals), with restrictions.
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.