COVID-19 Update: 244 new cases, one death | Foothills outbreaks can’t be traced to a single source: Officials

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Alberta Live Events Coalition calls for freedom to hold safe functions

Fans at a concert in Calgary in 2015. Photo by Postmedia Archives

The Alberta Live Events Coalition (ALEC) is calling on the provincial government to give its members the ability to hold safe functions and events in the province.

In a release, the group said at least 11,000 events worth more than $193 million have been cancelled or postponed since the start of the pandemic in March.

ALEC has authored a relaunch strategy which it says is being reviewed by the provincial government. It is calling on the province to increase hotel and venue capacity to at least 50 per cent, and to have the government help ease public fear about attending live events and promote the mental health benefits.

The group is arguing that with restaurants, bars and casinos open without capacity restrictions, the events industry should be treated in the same way.


Officials say they can’t trace outbreaks at Foothills hospital to a single source

Foothills Medical Centre. Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Photo by Brendan Miller/Postmedia

As long as there is a resurgence in community transmission of COVID-19 in Alberta there will be an increased risk of hospital and workplace outbreaks, warned the medical director of Foothills Medical Centre during a press conference on Thursday.

The outbreak at the Calgary hospital has slowed — with two new cases of a patient and health-care worker reported on Thursday and none on Wednesday — but Dr. Peter Jamieson, the medical director, said there is an overarching concern in healthcare over rising hospitalizations and transmission.

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