Alberta Restaurants to Resume In-Person Dining Today


CALGARY — Alberta restaurants will be able to offer dine-in service starting today.

Restaurants will be able to offer dine-in services with up to six people allowed at each table, as long as they are from the same household. People who live alone can go to a restaurant with up to two close contacts. Contact information will need to be collected from at least one member of each cohort and liquor sales must end at 10 p.m. In-person dining must end by 11 p.m.

Premier Jason Kenney says the decision to ease restrictions is based on a COVID-19 hospitalization benchmark of 600 patients, which the province reached on January 28. There are currently 594 people in the hospital with COVID-19, including 110 in intensive care.

“We hope that opening further activities, as part of Step 1, on February 8 will be another boost to some Alberta small businesses,” says Kenney. “We’ve made significant progress and we cannot lose sight of that. The more we see our numbers go down, the clearer our path forward becomes.”

Kenney says the province will re-evaluate hospital and intensive-care admissions in three weeks’ time to decide if it is possible to move to the next step of re-opening.

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