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Restrictions lifting as Alberta enters second phase of relaunch plan

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney updates media on measures taken to help with COVID-19, in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta has begun lifting its COVID-19 restrictions as the second phase of the province’s relaunch plan gets underway.

The province has removed the “half-capacity” limit for restaurants, bars and lounges, but a six-person limit per table remains.

Public libraries, wellness services (manicures and massages), movie theatres and community halls are also reopening.

K-12 schools will reopen for diploma exams and summer schools.

Casinos are open once again and will supply masks and hand sanitizer. Most casinos are insisting on a temperature check at the door.

Some gyms and bingo halls have also reopened with physical distancing in place.

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The second phase of Alberta’s relaunch plan – initially set for June 19 – was moved up because infection rates appear to be lowering.

There is no official date for the third phase of reopening, which will allow for larger gatherings both indoors and outdoors.