Alberta Health Services exploring legal options after hundreds attend rodeo – CBC

Rodeo was billed as an anti-lockdown event in a province with more than 22,000 active COVID-19 cases

May 02, 2021

Alberta Health Services says it is exploring its legal options after hundreds attended a rodeo in central Alberta — held to protest COVID-19 restrictions. But some have questioned how the event was allowed to proceed in the first place.

Over the weekend as Alberta reported thousands of new COVID-19 cases, reaching dire numbers not seen earlier in the pandemic, hundreds attended a rodeo in an empty lot along Highway 2A, near Bowden, about 30 kilometres south of Red Deer.

The rodeo was billed as an anti-lockdown event, despite the fact Alberta has not experienced a strict lockdown during the pandemic. In-store retail is permitted, while dine-in service is closed restaurant patios remain open and outdoor gatherings are allowed for groups numbering less than 10.

Alberta’s hospital system is bracing for a massive surge of patients and some regions have scaled back surgeries to prepare.

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