Alberta orders hair salons, patios and other personal services to close amid rising COVID-19 cases
Alberta passes tighter restrictions as new cases hit 1,633 on Sunday. The stricter restrictions went into effect at midnight Sunday, forcing patios and barber shops to close.
Alberta currently has 25,197 active cases, the highest among Canadian provinces. The variants represent 44.5% of active cases. The province has 668 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 155 in intensive care units.
Two reported deaths on Sunday involved a Calgary man in his 50s. The other was a man in his sixties in the central area. Alberta has reported 2,110 COVID-19-related deaths so far.
The positivity rate in Alberta on Saturday was about 10.3 percent in 15,509 tests. As of Friday, the positivity rate was 11% out of 18,809 tests.
As of Monday, patios, hair salons, tattoo parlors and other personal services remain closed. Sunday was the last day the Albertan got the chance to have his hair cut until a later announcement.
This is the third stop in Alberta since the start of the pandemic and according to Christina Yun, owner of Dollhouse Hair Boutique, the changing restrictions are incomprehensible. She hopes the vaccinations will go well.
So far, 1,889,039 doses of COVID-19 have been administered in Alberta. Beginning Monday, Alberta aged 12 and over will be eligible to book for a vaccine appointment.