EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, his province bending precariously under the weight of record COVID-19 cases, imposed new sweeping public health restrictions Tuesday that include a ban on gatherings in people’s homes.
Kenney also announced changes to schools, churches, restaurants and retailers, and banned sports teams from playing and sharply curtailed attendance at weddings and funerals.
He said the goal is to slash the rate of infections and keep people alive while preventing the loss of jobs and livelihoods that threaten to make an already dire situation even worse.
“This whole thing is just incredibly tough for everyone,” Kenney said Tuesday.
“I just never imagined I’d be in this place in public life where I was telling people who could come visit them at home.
“We really just felt we had no option given that 40 per cent of traceable cases connect back to private social…