Alberta limits gatherings to 15 people, closes non-essential stores as COVID-19 cases hit 542

Alberta limits gatherings to 15 people, closes non-essential stores as COVID-19 cases hit 542
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EDMONTON -- Alberta is reducing maximum gatherings from 50 to 15 people and closing all non-essential business to deal with the growing threat of COVID-19.

After confirming 56 new cases of the novel coronavirus, Premier Jason Kenney announced new rules to prevent more spread.

Alberta is reducing gatherings to no more than 15 people and closing non-essential businesses such as retail stores for clothing, furniture and toys, hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, and services such as dentistry, physiotherapy, chiropractors and massages.

Dining at restaurants is now prohibited, but takeout and delivery is allowed, Kenney said.

Those who violate these rules will be subject to the penalties Alberta introduced earlier this week.

"The actions we are talking are tough but necessary to protect public health," Kenney said. "We understand that behind every tough decision lies tens of thousands of jobs and business that will throw people into economic and financial anxiety but the more that we comply with rules like these being recommended by our public health experts, the faster we can get through all of this and restart our economy."
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