Kenney ‘reluctantly’ implements proof-of-vaccination restrictions as COVID-19 slams Alberta hospitals

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Premier Jason Kenney announced Wednesday evening that the hospitality industry in Alberta will need to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Premier Jason Kenney announced Wednesday evening that the hospitality industry in Alberta will need to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. He did not explain how the policy would work as of 6:15 p.m. He said he was bringing in the added restrictions “reluctantly.” Kenney has repeatedly said he would not bring in a so-called vaccine passport program but the announcement indicated a willingness to at least partially embrace the idea. Kenney also announced Wednesday that a state of public health emergency has been declared in Alberta. It marks the second time such a declaration has been made since the pandemic hit the province a year and a half ago. The move is expected to allow the government to swiftly co-ordinate and implement a response to the crisis in order to protect public health.

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