Hinshaw to address classroom physical distancing in 3:30 p.m. update

EDMONTON — As some kids head back to school this week, Alberta’s top doctor will provide an update on COVID-19 cases and health measures Monday afternoon.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw will hold her availability at 3:30 p.m. and will also address criticism over a health order she approved on the weekend that lifts mandatory physical distancing in classrooms.

Order 33-2020 states that school operators do not have to maintain two-metre physical distancing in classrooms where seats are arranged to prevent students from facing each other.

In a series of tweets, Hinshaw addressed social media comments saying the change was stealthily made during the weekend.

Masks will still be required for all staff and K-4 students in shared and common areas like hallways.

In the province’s last COVID-19 update Friday, there were 158 new cases confirmed, driving the number of active infections in the province to 1,185. No new deaths were reported, leaving the province’s death toll at 237.

While Edmonton fell off Alberta Health’s watch list, it still has the majority of active cases with 544.

Watch Hinshaw’s update live at 3:30 p.m. on CTVNewsEdmonton.ca and CTVNewsCalgary.ca.

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