Kenney Rally 2

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will announce further COVID-19 restrictions in the province on Tuesday after a record-setting weekend for new cases.

A furious Kenney lashed out at 4,000 people who attended the No More Lockdowns Rodeo in Bowden over the weekend saying they don’t care about their fellow citizens and were one of the reasons the further lockdowns would be coming.

He did not elaborate on what the further restrictions may contain. Kenney said the COVID-19 cabinet would be meeting Tuesday morning and he would announce the measure in the afternoon.

The province reported 2,012 new cases in the previous 24 hours with a positivity rate of 13.2% Of those cases, 1,900 of them were variants.

Kenney said he was “angered” at the rodeo which was in “flagrant violations” of COVID-19 restrictions. He said there “was a compliance problem” in the province.

“These are people that simply don’t care about COVID,” said Kenney, adding the rodeo crowd believed COVID-19 was a “conspiracy or hoax.

“Too many Albertans are ignoring the rules in place.

“(They have) forced me to take further steps. Stronger health measures will be announced tomorrow.”

He noted cases were dropping in BC and Saskatchewan, who have similar restrictions.

Kenney also announced more than 52,000 certificated teachers, 29,000 support staff and 24,000 child care workers will be able to get the vaccine.

Starting May 4, Alberta teachers and education workers can begin booking appointments through the AHS online booking tool, 811 or participating pharmacies province-wide.

All certificated teachers actively teaching in kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible, including those public, separate, francophone, charter, private/independent/ECS operators, and First Nations schools, substitute teachers, administrators and other certified teachers working in separate roles.

This includes support workers, such as educational assistants, bus drivers, custodians and others who support schools.

Also starting May 4, certified early childhood educators and support staff provincewide can begin booking appointments.

This includes all staff working in licensed child care programs, including day cares, out of school care programs, preschools and family day homes.

Bookings will operate on the honour system. No proof of employment is required when eligible individuals attend their appointment. All eligible Albertans are encouraged to book appointments as soon as possible.

More than 1.64 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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