Alberta declares a state of emergency

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

"The situation is very serious. We have to take more aggressive measures to contain the virus, more aggressive social distancing measures,” he said.

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Kenney also announced new measures on social distancing, including a ban on any organized gatherings of more than 50 people.

"Drive-thru, take-out and delivery will still be permitted, this is a serious moment in our history," said Kenney.

The declaration comes under the Emergency Management Act which typically permits a 28-day period for the state of emergency. Legislation does permit a 90-day period if the order is in respect of a pandemic influenza.

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