CALGARY (CityNews) – It’s a rivalry no one wants to win as Edmonton’s COVID-19 case count continues to be disproportionate to the rests of Alberta, prompting the city to set new restrictions.
So are Calgarians nervous about what’s to come as they watch their northern neighbours?
CityNews spoke with some Calgarians Thursday about what the latest COVID-19 update and the concerns around further restrictions.
“Be finished with it. Just shut it down. Just stop spreading it. It’s reasonable,” said one man.
“I think it’s a bit premature. I think they should isolate the situation and look at what’s going on,” said another.
Edmonton isn’t seeing the new restrictions affect businesses as of now, but officials have warned about the possibility of another economic shutdown.
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce said some businesses might never re-open.
“It would be really devastating,” said Interim CEO Murray Sigler. “Some businesses might survive, some wouldn’t. It’s going be tough times even without restrictions or going backwards.”
Irfan Haliq owns Canadian Pizza Unlimited, a mainstay in Kensington. He’s still recovering from the last shutdown and fears another if cases continued to rise.
“We are still struggling. I think it would be a tough time again. With the landlord and the utilities and all that stuff.”
One man CityNews spoke to said if another shutdown were to happen, he hopes the government would step in to help.
“I’d be supportive of further measures but I think there needs to be further support to make up for the freedoms you’re taking away.”
On Thursday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced new voluntary measures for Edmonton which saw it’s active case numbers jump to over 1,250.
The measures include limiting private and family gatherings to no more than 15 people, using masks in all workplaces and limiting cohorts to no more than three.