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No new COVID-19 restrictions in place for Calgary, City urges Halloween safety

Last Updated Oct 29, 2020 at 6:17 am MST

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The City of Calgary will not be introducing any further restrictions even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Officials are expressing concern about the numbers and are urging everyone to follow the guidelines by not holding parties, keeping their social bubbles small, and wearing masks.

“I want to be clear. We knew this was going to happen,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

However, Nenshi doesn’t think we should be at this point in the pandemic so soon and says people need to be extra careful to prevent it from becoming worse.

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He also urges the province to join on the federal COVID-19 contact tracing app and wonders why the government seems so reluctant to do so.

“I have no idea. Everything I’ve heard is that it’s imminent, it’s imminent. Then, yesterday in question period, I heard some of the ministers were mocking it as ‘Trudeau’s app’. Stop it. We don’t need that kind of partisan.”

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says they are talking with Ottawa about how to pair the federal app with the provincial one, although Alberta’s app has problems.

“We know the provincial app doesn’t work properly on most devices. We know people aren’t using it all. So, let’s take what we’ve got and make the jobs of those contact tracers easier,” said Nenshi.

Overall, the city is happy with how Calgarians are following the current COVID-19 protocols but says the key to limiting transmission will be holding off on Halloween parties.

“Just don’t do it this year. We can have Halloween in the spring. But, for the kids out there, trick-or-treating is okay as long as you follow some basic safety tips,” said Nenshi.

He says trick-or-treaters should keep their groups small and be sure to follow hygienic practices.