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Canada’s Alberta Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions

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A Santa, left, wearing a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, stays physically distanced as he visits Serena and Ariana Eslami at their home in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta — Canada’s Alberta is restricting restaurants and bars to delivery or takeout and closing casinos and gyms in an effort to fight the highest rate of new coronavirus infection of any province in the country.

Alberta was the only province without a province-wide mask requirement. Conservative Premier Jason Kenney is now imposing a province-wide mask mandate in indoor public spaces, including workplaces, and is banning social gatherings of any size indoors or out.

Kenney is also ordering the closure of recreation centers, libraries, theaters and personal service providers such as hair salons, barbers and nail bars. Infection numbers have also been over 1,000 since Nov. 24 and more than 1,600 a day for almost a week.