Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek says it is “bonkers” that unvaccinated individuals are participating in society as they choose.

“I’d like to come up with something very smooth to say but I’m going to say this: it is bonkers to continue to let unvaccinated people do whatever they want to,” Gondek said in a Friday morning interview on Calgary’s 770 CHQR News Talk Radio.

“What is the purpose of that? What happened to the messaging around getting vaccinated will get us into recovery mode. We’ve lost the plot.”

Gondek’s comments were in reference to the announcement Alberta Premier Jason Kenney made on Tuesday relaxing some of the COVID-19 restrictions in the province.

The update to the restrictions included allowing unvaccinated to hold gatherings over Christmas. He also lifted the two-household limit for gatherings but the 10-person maximum remains.

On Thursday, NDP leader Rachel Notley said she rejected the premier’s new restrictions allowing the unvaccinated to partake in Christmas gatherings, calling his rules politically motivated rather than evidence-based.

“We reject the rationale behind the premier’s assertion that Alberta should loosen restrictions for the holidays for unvaccinated Albertans. This sends the completely wrong message,” said Notley in a Twitter stream.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore shares Notley’s sentiment.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Moore at a December 7 press conference.

According to the Government of Alberta website, more than 1.2 million people remain unvaccinated in the province — 28% of the total population.

Currently, 7,223,655 doses of COVID-19 have been administered in the province. Nearly 90% of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose — 78% of total population — and 85% have been fully vaccinated — 72% of the total population.

More to come…

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

Reporter (Alberta)

Melanie Risdon is an Alberta Reporter for the Western Standard and Alberta Report based in the Calgary Headquarters. She has over 20 years’ experience in media at Global News, Rogers and Corus.

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