Growing COVID-19 concerns prompt extra safety measures
December 21, 2021

With the recent increase in new cases of COVID-19, protecting Edmontonians from the threat of COVID-19 is more important than ever, which is why the City of Edmonton supports the Government of Alberta’s newly introduced health and safety measures.

The severity of the Omicron variant is not yet known, but it is clear that there is an increased risk of transmission. Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect Edmontonians from this virus, the City’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show has been cancelled. In addition, the City of Edmonton is ready and willing to support the provincial government in protecting Edmontonians by making City facilities available to Alberta Health Services for vaccination sites, should they require it.

“The City of Edmonton is ready to adapt to changing public health orders at a moment’s notice, and I send my gratitude to all Edmontonians who do the same,” said Andre Corbould, Edmonton’s city manager. “Although these measures could impact some of your choices over the holidays, I encourage everyone in Edmonton to change their plans towards the safe, outdoor alternatives available to them throughout our city.”

There are many ways Edmontonians can enjoy outdoor spaces and continue protecting themselves, their families, and their friends from COVID-19, including:

Recreational fireworks are still allowed in neighbourhoods for small groups within Edmonton provided a permit is obtained and all safety guidelines are followed.
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