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COVID-19: Stage 1 of Alberta reopening begins June 1, with Stage 2 aimed for June 10

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Stage 1 of Alberta's reopening plan starts June 1, and now the province says Stage 2 might start June 10. Jackie Wilson has the details. – May 30, 2021

Stage 1 of Alberta’s reopening plan starts June 1.

The day can’t come soon enough for Urban Athlete co-owner, Kohl Kehler. The Calgary gym will hold outdoor workouts, which are allowed for up to 10 people.

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“We’re just rolling with the punches,” Kehler said Sunday.

“This is hopefully going to be the last one. It feels like we’ve been waiting on the last opening for a year now, so we’re really happy that we’re going to be able to offer some stuff,” he added.

Read more: 60% of eligible Albertans vaccinated against COVID-19, next stage could reopen June 10

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Among other things, personal and wellness services, and restaurant patios will also be able to reopen. More may be reopening soon.

Alberta passed the threshold for Stage 2 on Saturday, with over 60 per cent of people 12 and older vaccinated with one dose and hospitalizations below 500.

Now the province says Stage 2 might begin June 10.

“With 60 per cent of eligible Albertans vaccinated, Stage 2 easing could begin on June 10, subject to hospitalizations being below 500 and trending downwards,” an Alberta government spokesperson said in a statement.

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Stage 2 will lift the work-from-home order, allow outdoor public gatherings like concerts and festivals with up to 150 people, permit indoor fitness and dining, and allow in-person post-secondary education.

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It’s too fast, though, for infections disease physician Dr. Lynora Saxinger.

“When I think about things that might be reasons to slow down, one of them is getting a better idea of whether we have the newer variant that is less protected against by a single dose of vaccine,” Saxinger explained.

“The other thing that strikes me is that the hospital is still fairly full and the ICU is still quite full as well. A bit more decompression and buffer time might be good too.”

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