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Alberta to be fully open, no restrictions on July 1st

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EDMONTON, AB – The two week countdown to fully opening Alberta is officially underway.

The province has now hit that much-anticipated 70% one dose vaccination target as of late Thursday and that means no more provincial restrictions as of Canada Day, July 1st.

Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement on Friday afternoon and says this is an exciting time for the province after a very long 15 months.

“On Canada Day, virtually all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be history,” said a smiling Premier Kenney Friday. “No more limits on weddings or funerals. No more bans on indoor social gatherings. No more limits for gyms, sports, and fitness activities. No more capacity limits at restaurants, in retail, or places of worship.”

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On Thursday, the province actually hit 70.2% of eligible Albertans with one dose.

Kenney says with restrictions being lifted, Albertans should still use “common sense” like staying home if you’re sick and geting tested if you need to. He encourages everyone still follow the good hygiene habits we learned throughout the pandemic as COVID-19 is still going to be with us.

Restrictions eased in Stage 3, effective July 1

  • All remaining restrictions will be lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings.
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and protective measures in continuing care settings may remain.
  • The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.
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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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