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Saturday, July 31, 2021
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Alberta officially open again, most pandemic restrictions no longer in effect

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Many Albertans are tossing aside their masks as the province has reopened after 16 months of COVID-19 health measures.

As of now, there are no longer limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, no size limits on weddings and funerals, no capacity limits at places of worship, and the Alberta-wide masking mandate is gone. People can still wear a mask if they so choose.

So far nearly 73% of eligible Albertans have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 42% are now doubled-dosed and fully-vaccinated as of July 1st.

Premier Jason Kenney issued a statement on Canada Day saying this is a fantastic day for Alberta.

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“We’ve crushed COVID-19 and with cases plummeting and vaccine uptake climbing, we are open for summer,” said Kenney. “With vaccines by our side, Albertans can get back to their normal lives.”

Limited health measures remain in effect like at continuing care and acute care settings. Masking will still be required on public transit, in taxis and in ride shares. Other than that, it is now your choice when is comes to face coverings.


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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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