On November 24, a month before the biggest shopping day of the year, Alberta retailers have been placed under a partial lockdown as the province deals with a dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases.
Premier Jason Kenney declared “a state of public emergency “ November 24 that will last for three weeks.
The announcement was made on a day the province reported 1,115 new cases and 13,349 active cases of the coronavirus, by far the highest number to date. Sixteen deaths were also reported.
The “bold and targeted new measures” also ban indoor social gatherings, bans outdoor gatherings to 10 persons and ends in-person learning at the end of November for kids in Grades 7 to 12.
Many businesses will now be either closed for in-person shopping, open with restricted capacity or open by appointment only.
Banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, concert venues, non-approved/licenced markets and community…