CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta won’t be easing any restrictions soon, and that’s seeing a lot of mixed reaction from people, businesses, and organizations across the province.
On Monday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the province is pausing plans to enter phase three of its relaunch plan due to rising hospitalizations and case numbers.
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This phase of the reopening strategy could have seen restrictions lifted on indoor social gatherings and some businesses like movie theatres.
In a statement from Cineplex’s CEO and President, Ellis Jacob, the company is disappointed in the decision to not relax the restrictions and allow theatres in Alberta to open again.
Jacob argues movie theatres are one of the safest forms of public gatherings, and there have been zero known cases of COVID-19 transmissions in any theatre across the world adding that thousands of Albertans will continue to be out of work without step three.
Others expressed their frustration on social media with some saying the move to pause this stage of the relaunch points to the UCP government having no COVID-19 plan.
The UCP are an abject failure. I will give credit for not moving to stage three, but know how their decision making has worked thus far, it just terrifies me about how bad the modelling must have been for them to actually do the right thing #AbLeg
— NW (@nwetsch) March 23, 2021
Well, I was going to applaud the ABgov for making a responsible decision, but @shandro goes and ruins it by blaming the federal government for not giving us ~8 million doses of vaccine that didn't exist two months ago.
— Conor Ruzycki (@caruzycki) March 22, 2021
However, many people online are agreeing with the government’s decision with some person saying clearly we’re not ready to open up any further while others believe the government has made the right decision.
It's good that we're not moving to Phase 3, but friendly reminder, this is still the pace we're on.
— Philip Turnbull (@PhilipTurnbull) March 22, 2021
— Jonn Kmech (@JonnKmech) March 22, 2021