While the outdoor gathering limit has been increased to 200 from 100 people, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reminds people that we must continue to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The increase announced today applies to attendees at community outdoor events such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos, sporting events, and outdoor performances.
She said all public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place. Seated outdoor events will require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.
"More people does not mean less care," said Dr. Hinshaw. "All public health measures are still in effect, and I want to urge all Albertans gathering in groups to take these seriously."
This is the first change in the size of gatherings announced since Alberta entered phase two of its relaunch.
"Any large gathering increases the risk of transmission. Evidence suggests that outdoor events have a lower risk of transmission, provided public health guidance is followed. Alberta Health will continue to monitor case numbers and adjust as necessary."
The size of gatherings, like weddings and funerals, remains at 100.
With many will be enjoying Canada Day celebration tomorrow, she asked Albertans to be vigilant with safety protocols.
"COVID-19 will not take a break because it's a holiday."
She also provided an update on the current number of COVID-19 cases in the province.
A total of 41 new cases have been confirmed from the over 7,200 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
Forty-one people are hospitalized, and nine are being treated in intensive care units.
There are zero known cases in Cochrane and five in Rocky View County.