LIVE: Kenney confirms restaurants, bars and cafes in Calgary, Brooks set to open May 25

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Premier Jason Kenney is announcing an update to the status of Alberta’s relaunch strategy in Calgary and Brooks.

The announcement comes as restaurants, bars and salons in both cities await the green light to reopen, after those businesses throughout the rest of the province got the go-ahead last week.

The premier is expected to release details at 11:30 a.m. You can watch that announcement here.

Cafes, restaurants and bars throughout most of Alberta were permitted to reopen for dine-in service — at 50 per cent capacity — on May 14. So, too, were hair salons, as the province entered the first stage of its economic relaunch.

But those such businesses have had to wait longer in Calgary and Brooks, as those cities were held back due to higher levels of active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

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Kenney said the province was targeting May 25 to allow restaurants and salons to reopen in those cities. The remainder of Stage 1 reopenings, including day camps, summer schools, post-secondary institutions and places of worship, would be allowed to proceed June 1 at earliest.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has said he expected the province to confirm those timelines on Friday.

Calgary retail businesses, farmers’ markets, museums and art galleries were permitted to reopen last week, consistent with the rest of the province.