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Alberta government clamps down with strict, new COVID-19 measures

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Alberta’s UCP government has decided to impose much tougher restrictions to curb what’s been an increasing trend in new COVID-19 cases in the province.

However, retail businesses will be spared from a mandated shut down. They will be subject to a limit on capacity to 15% inside those businesses.

Premier Jason Kenney announced late Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 8) that several measures are being put in place to try and get a handle on this pandemic.

The provincial government has been under increasing pressure for weeks to do something substantial.

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“Alberta has sought to protect both lives and livelihoods from the beginning of the pandemic. The recent surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations will threaten our health-care system and the lives of many vulnerable Albertans unless further action is taken now. With the promise of a vaccine early in 2021, we can see the end of this terrible time. But all Albertans must take this more seriously than ever by staying home whenever possible, and following these new measures,” Premier Jason Kenney.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says these mandatory measures will help slow the spread of COVID-19. “This will require individual sacrifices that are necessary to protect our province. It’s not just about one person, it’s about doing what we can to protect and save our loved ones, colleagues, neighbours, and even strangers.”

The new measures will be in place for at least the next four weeks which will include the entire holiday season.

The new restrictions include:

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  • Province-wide mandatory mask-wearing requirement, except for farm operations (effectively immediately)
  • Ban on all indoor & outdoor social gatherings (effectively immediately)
  • Closure of restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges, and cafes for in-person service only. Take-out, curbside, and home delivery still permitted (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Mandatory work-from-home measures where applicable. No longer a recommendation, but legally mandated by provincial government (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Retail occupancy reduced to 15% fire code occupancy (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Places of worship capacity reduced to 15% fire code occupancy (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Closure of personal & wellness services such as hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlours, massage businesses (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Closure of casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, etc (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Closure of rec centres, fitness centres, gyms, swimming pools, studios, camps, indoor arenas (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Closing of libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement and water parks (effective 12:01 am Sunday, Dec. 13)
  • Funerals & weddings remain at maximum of 10 people

City of Lethbridge COVID-19 Cases (end of day Dec. 7, 2020)

A total of 22 new cases: 1,175 overall cases – 259 active, 909 recovered, 7 deaths

  • West Side (449 cases total: 88 active, 359 recovered, 2 deaths)
  • South Side (368 cases total: 65 active, 300 recovered, 3 deaths)
  • North Side (358 cases total: 106 active, 250 recovered, 2 deaths)

Alberta COVID-19 Cases (end of day Dec. 7, 2020)

Another 1,727 Albertans tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day and there were nine additional deaths.

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One of those deaths was a resident of Lethbridge County.

In the South Zone of Alberta Health Services there were 57 new cases.

There are 18 hospitalizations in the South Zone and two people are being treated in the ICU.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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