EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the latest restrictions send a warning that the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the province is serious.
On Tuesday, the province announced new measures that prohibit indoor and outdoor social gatherings and introduced a province-wide mask mandate. Other restrictions come into effect on Sunday, targeting businesses and restaurants.
Hinshaw understands this holiday season will be difficult on Albertans but highlighted the importance of reducing the spread of the virus.
“In a year of sacrifice, it seems unfair to ask for more. But as social gatherings are a leading cause of transmission, this is our only option,” she said.
I have been inspired by the creativity, sense of community & perseverance I’ve seen from ppl across AB. With Hanukkah beginning this evening, many groups have put plans in place for safe, meaningful celebrations that respect the public health restrictions in place. (7/8)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) December 10, 2020
“Our health system is in trouble and we need to work together to save it.”
Hinshaw added the seriousness of the situation is underscored by the fact people will be unable to celebrate the holidays with loved ones.
During a Wednesday Facebook live, Premier Jason Kenney said more restrictions could be introduced if the province doesn’t see a decline in transmission.
Hinshaw remains confident the new measures will be effective.
“I do believe that these measures put in place will have an impact on our spread,” she said.
Ultimately, it’s in the hands of Albertans to follow the guidance of all the health measures, Hinshaw said.