Kenney hopes to begin reopening Alberta economy in May, working ‘around the clock’ on COVID-19 relaunch

Premier Jason Kenney told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes to begin reopening Alberta’s economy next month, and at the same time, to begin removing restrictions on social activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He had previously suggested he believed such a relaunch may not begin until June but said he was encouraged by some of the revised modelling data and the province’s overall response to the pandemic.

Kenney spoke about what his government has dubbed the province’s “relaunch strategy” after he revealed new COVID-19 modelling that suggests Alberta’s current projected trajectory for coronavirus spread is improving from previous forecasts.

Updated modelling scenarios continue to estimate that Alberta’s outbreak will reach its peak in late May.

“However, the number of Albertans hospitalized at the peak of the virus is predicted to be lower than originally estimated,” the provincial government said in a news relase.

“This reflects Alberta’s experience over the past few weeks and the proportion of cases actually entering hospital and intensive care units.”

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The premier said that while the government has no firm dates yet on when to begin reopening the economy, he plans to move forward with that goal “gradually, prudently.”

“We are working around the clock on our phased approach to relaunch.”

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