Personal services set to reopen after several weeks of closures as province eases restrictions

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Shields said his schedule started filling up as soon as they opened it to their clients, so he expects the barbershop to be busy over the next month while they meet government protocols.

“Those measures kept us safe then and will likely keep us safe now,” he said. “Financially, this lockdown would have been a mess without government funding. It’s still a little scary but with some government funding, you can know you’re not destitute and your rent is getting paid. Without that help, we would be closed for sure.”

The easing of restrictions was announced Thursday by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

Hinshaw said that although the province has seen a small decline in case rates, the situation remains serious.

“Our numbers remain high and our health system is still under significant strain,” Hinshaw said at the announcement.

Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, barbershops, esthetics, manicure and pedicure businesses, reflexology, and piercing and tattoo shops can open by appointment only, with appointments limited to one-on-one services and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The limit on outdoor gatherings was raised to 10 people with appropriate physical distancing between households, and funeral services can have up to 20 guests — with mandatory masks and two-metre physical distancing. Funeral receptions remain banned.

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