Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is reinstituting some public-health restrictions, saying that variant cases of COVID-19 continue to soar and are on track to swamp the health system by mid-May.
Kenney says that as of Friday, restaurants must close to in-person dining.
Retail stores will be allowed 15 per cent customer capacity rather than the current 25 per cent, and low-intensity group fitness activities are once again banned.
Indoor social gatherings remain banned and outdoor get-togethers can have no more than 10 people.
Kenney says Alberta is now seeing a third wave of COVID-19, driven mainly by the more contagious and dangerous variants.
LIVE: Update on COVID-19 and to protect lives and livelihoods https://t.co/nGd49zNBvU— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) April 6, 2021
The province has averaged about 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day during the Easter long weekend, and the death total has now surpassed 2,000 in the province.