Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, whose province is facing an increase in COVID-19 cases, on Wednesday announced the imposition of a vaccination passport effective September 20.
Posted on September 15, 2021 at 8:53 p.m.
Updated at 22:26
During a press briefing, the authorities clarified that restaurants, bars and cafes that do not require proof of vaccination will have to close their indoor rooms. In this case, the tables outside will have to seat six people or less.
Additionally, as of September 16, indoor gatherings for fully vaccinated people will be limited to a total of 10 people and will be prohibited for unvaccinated people.
Mr. Kenney admitted that he hesitated before approving the implementation of these new measures, “but with the unvaccinated people who clog our hospitals, this is the only responsible option we have left,” he said. he said.
Several provinces, including Quebec, have already announced or implemented a vaccination passport system, which gives access to certain non-essential services to people who have been properly vaccinated.
Mr. Kenney was reluctant to introduce such a system, fearing it would invade the privacy of citizens. Rather, some of his opponents argued that the Prime Minister did not want to offend certain members of his party.
Alberta lifted all of its pandemic-related health measures more than two months ago, but the recent spike in cases has forced many surgeries to be canceled.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the Prime Minister admitted that this decision was a mistake.
“The government’s first mission is to prevent as many deaths as possible. We have to face the truth in the face. “
The province reported 1,609 new cases and 24 deaths on Wednesday, as 877 people are hospitalized, including 218 in intensive care.
With The Canadian Press