New mandatory limits to social gatherings in Calgary; 1,440 new cases over weekend

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“The number of cases being identified continues to rise sharply.”

The new limit doesn’t apply to structured events like restaurant dining, worship services, wedding ceremonies, conferences or funeral services. Most of these events will still have a 100-person limit because they are not for the purpose of socializing.

Hinshaw said additional measures are necessary.

“The warning bell is ringing. I want all of us to hear its call,” she said.

The mandatory limit on social gatherings will be in place for a month before it is reassessed.

Hinshaw also announced a voluntary public health measure meant to reduce people’s large cohorts in Calgary and Edmonton. People are encouraged to belong to no more than three cohorts, including a core household cohort, a school cohort and an additional sports or social cohort.

Masks are also being encouraged in all indoor work settings, except when a person is alone in the workspace or if there is a barrier set up.

“We continue to see workplace outbreaks for co-workers (who) consider themselves to be a cohort just because they work together. This creates risk in workplaces,” Hinshaw explained.

“We have now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we have been seeking.”

Of the 4,477 active cases in the province, 1,549 are in the Calgary zone — 88 per cent of which are in the city of Calgary.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said these numbers are much too high.

“I welcome the restrictions that we heard from the provincial government today. I was concerned they wouldn’t make any more restrictions,” said Nenshi, adding he would like to see what else the provincial government has in its “tool kit.”

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