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Alberta government declares state of public emergency over COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 17, 2020 at 1:18 pm PDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to the Canadian Club of Ottawa, Monday December 9, 2019 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Alberta is declaring a state of public emergency in reaction to the novel coronavirus

Premier Jason Kenney has announced that any gathering larger than 50 people

The province is to spend $60 million on charities & non-profit groups who are helping people cope with COVID-19 effects

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The Alberta government has declared a state of public emergency over the growing concerns of the coronavirus.

Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

This means non-essential services and public spaces will be closed until further notice.

Health care facilities, the Alberta legislature, grocery stores and homeless shelters are immune to this order.

Sit down restaurants are also allowed to stay open with no more than 50 people or half their occupancy rates.

The Alberta government also announced and additional $60 million to address vulnerable people.

Half of that money will go to shelters for the homeless population and women’s facilities.

Money will also be given to seniors and other vulnerable people.

Kenney added the Emergency Operations Centre is now at now at level four which is the highest level.