Alberta has taken another step in the right direction with expanding testing for COVID-19 and further lifting of restrictions in Calgary and Brooks with much-needed haircuts now available and restaurants allowed to reopen for table service at 50% capacity. It also appears that the overcrowded parks and throngs of people that happened in Toronto over the weekend have largely not been a problem in Albertan cities.
Starting today, voluntary testing is available in long-term care and level 4 designated supportive living facilities even if an individual has no symptoms. Calgarians will also be able to book COVID-19 tests online. Non-urgent surgeries will expand to include more day surgeries and those requiring an overnight stay. As of Sunday afternoon, Alberta has 6,860 total cases, including 42 new cases, 801 active cases and 5,924 recovered cases.
On Wednesday the Legislature will return for a summer session that is scheduled to last late into July. The Legislature will be able to debate bills on the Order Paper prior to COVID-19 as well as any necessary emergency legislation. We will be sure to bring our regular updates on legislation being debated as well as highlights from what are sure to be acrimonious debates during Question Period.
Below, you’ll find a recap of key government announcements and other noteworthy news in Alberta politics.