Photo shows what appears to be Kenney and members of the cabinet breaking COVID-19 regulations

Courtesy The Breakdown

Social media was losing it’s mind Wednesday afternoon as pictures started to circulate of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on the patio of the Sky Palace, with a group of his UCP colleagues.

Internet critics started to bay that Kenney was breaking COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

But Kenney’s office quickly pointed out the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings changed on Tuesday, with up to 10 being allowed.

“Albertans are happy that our province is moving in the right direction, and we fully expect that many Albertans are now enjoying the increased gatherings that Stage 1 allows. The Premier, with a few ministers and staff members, held a working dinner last night,” said Kenney’s office in a statement.

“Attendance was kept under 10. Costs were not incurred by taxpayers. 

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Long distance shot of the Sky Palace’s patio. Pictures from The Breakdown

Current COVID-19 regulations say people can sit in groups of four on a bar patio – but they must be from the same household. Social distancing must also be observed.

The pictures appear to show Premier Jason Kenney, Environment Minister Jason Nixon and Health Minister Tyler Shandro outside on a deck of the old Federal building.

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Kenney et al on the roof of the Sky Palace Pictures from The Breakdown

They are joined by an unidentified woman and two unidentified men. Two other men are seen walking away from the table.

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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