Mayor asks for fewer private gatherings

Leduc Mayor Bob Young has some major concerns about the growing number of active COVID-19 cases in the city.

Mayor Bob Young jumped on social media Thursday morning to publicize the fact that social gatherings appear to be increasing the number of active COVID-19 cases in his city.

"Where the greatest increase is coming is not in the bars or restaurants and recreation facilities.  What's happening is there are social gatherings in private homes," he said.

The provincial health department has come to the same conclusion.  However, making regulations to govern behaviour in private homes is a difficult thing for government.  So, the province implemented a two-week plan which will see the cancellation of team sports, group fitness activities and other group performances.  In addition, bars, lounges, restaurants and pubs in areas of enhanced status have had their alcohol-serving hours reduced, in an effort to limit social gathering.

Regions affected include the Edmonton zone, Calgary zone, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray.

"If we don't start bringing the infection rate down and start to level off and reduce the numbers, it's going to lead to some fairly drastic steps I'm afraid," said Young.

The Mayor wouldn't elaborate on what form those steps might take.  The new restrictions imposed by the province will be in place until November 27.

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