Alberta to end mandatory vaccine passports at midnight

The Canadian province of Alberta will end its mandatory vaccine passport system at midnight along with other coronavirus restrictions.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney outlined his three-step plan to end coronavirus restrictions in the Canadian province. On the issue of vaccine passports, the Prime Minister said the QR code system for vaccinated citizens will still be in place for businesses that wish to apply it, although they are not required to do so.

When asked why he would continue to allow companies to discriminate based on vaccinated status, the Prime Minister cited the ‘free market’.

Despite allowing businesses to use the QR code system, the prime minister said he hopes coronavirus restrictions can be rolled back over the next few months as Canadians learn to live with the virus .

β€œNow is the time to start learning to live with COVID,” Kenney said. “These restrictions have led to a terrible division.”

β€œWe cannot remain in a heightened state of emergency indefinitely. We have to start healing,” he added.

On a more positive note, the Prime Minister said his three-step approach will remove β€œalmost all restrictions for children, including mask-wearing in schools (K-12) over the weekend. end to come,” according to The Star.

“Children aged 12 and under will also not have to adhere to the general mask mandate in Alberta, although the general mask mandate will still apply to all others,” the outlet added.

During the first stage, which begins at midnight, restaurants will still have to meet government-mandated closing times as well as catering capacity. Rooms that can hold between 500 and 1,000 people will also still be subject to capacity limits.

If hospitalizations continue to decline, Kenney said the province will then move to stage two in three weeks when almost all remaining coronavirus restrictions are lifted, such as the general mask mandate, capacity limits and orders for Work at home. After the final stage, Albertans would be relatively back to normal provided the health care system does not feel pressured.

Earlier Tuesday, Kenney said he had pleaded with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to extend the exemption for unvaccinated truckers in response to the “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa.


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