Tue. May 17th, 2022

KALGARI –

If Albertans plan to have Thanksgiving dinner with their family this year, the rules for many people they can gather with are different, depending on where the gathering will be held.

Currently, indoor social gatherings are not allowed for people who are vaccinated and who are not vaccinated.

However, indoor social gatherings are allowed for those who are vaccinated but are limited to 10 people with a maximum of two households present.

So what do you do if you want to meet people from more than two households?

Well, you can still visit a restaurant. Or a hockey game.

Businesses, including restaurants that have signed up for the government’s restriction exemption program, can offer indoor dining to patrons as long as they require proof of vaccination or negative test results.

On Thursday, Alberta’s doctor for health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, asked why the rules seemed to encourage people to visit a local eatery instead of hosting their own dinner.

“The rules take into account the fact that in a structured environment where there is a responsible person overseeing a restriction exemption program that includes evidence of vaccination control where there is enforcement potential – with regard to companies facing potential sanctions if they “does not comply with the restriction exemption program – the structure of these options allows for greater oversight in ensuring that these measures are in place and robust,” said Hinshaw.

“It’s very difficult to enforce at home, so it’s not about telling Albertans that it’s safer to gather in a restaurant than to gather in a home if all these measures are followed, it’s about saying that ability to enforce and monitor and have structured oversight is greater in these settings. “

She noted that outdoor gatherings are still allowed.

Previously, the limit for the number of people who could gather outdoors was 200, but it was lowered to 20 per person. October 6.

“The measures are in place for a short period of time right now because the hospitals were overwhelmed,” Hinshaw continued.

“So these are extraordinary measures, and they are required because of the extraordinary pressure on our system, so even though I know it disappointing … The difference is only about supervision, administration and enforcement potential in settings that implement REP vs. settings it is private homes. “

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