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.
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.