Alberta is resolute in avoiding further lockdown measures, while Canada’s prime minister called on provincial and municipal governments to close down sectors of the economy to contain the spread of the CCP virus.
“With rising cases of COVID-19 here at home, there’s added pressure on all orders of government to keep people safe and to protect jobs,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement on Tuesday. “But I would hope that no leader in our country is easing public health vigilance because they feel pressure not to shut down businesses or slow down our economy.”
Alberta, however, stands firm in its decision to avoid more social restrictions. The only additional measure is the expansion of the 15-person limit on private gatherings to all communities.
“We see other jurisdictions implement sweeping lockdowns, indiscriminately violating people’s rights, and distorting livelihoods. Nobody wants that to happen here in Alberta,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at a press briefing.
Alberta added 713 new cases and 7 more deaths on Nov. 10. Currently there are 8,090 active cases across the province.
On Nov. 9, the Alberta government announced a $1 million recovery program for faith-based and cultural community groups. Faith and cultural organizations can now apply for a one-time grant of $5,000 per facility.
“This grant will help Alberta’s faith-based and cultural organizations recover costs associated with #COVID19AB so they can continue to provide fellowship and support to their communities,” said Tyler Shandro, Alberta’s Minister of Health, in a Twitter post.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said that ceremonies for Remembrance Day may “look different” this year due to rising cases, and urged the public to pay tribute safely.
“We all have a role to play in suppressing transmission and together we have the power to lower our case counts. We are strongest when we work together.”