Two-week pause on certain activities has residents scratching their heads

Courtesy: The Canadian Press.

While the pause may be lifted next week, many residents wonder why certain group activities that have followed all proper protocols were postponed in the first place.

The two-week pause that was introduced for certain activities last week by the UCP government has many residents here in Parkland County scratching their heads. 

"It's frustrating," said Stony Plain resident Mel Straight whose daughter participates in dance while her son swims. Both of their programs as well as others were either put on hold or held virtually as a result of the pause, but both of her kids are allowed to attend school even though some in the county have declared outbreaks.  

"I know it's not the first time for this pause to happen. It made sense then (back in March), whereas now activities have been canceled and yet school is still a thing." 

According to a report yesterday, 73% of cases here in Alberta have an unknown origin. Health officials also say that activities such as indoor group fitness and team sports have a high risk of spread due to the exertion of participants as well as mixing and mingling before or after the activity. 

Even if the pause only lasts for one more week, Straight doesn't expect it to be lifted anytime soon.

"My kids and I have already talked about this lasting more than two weeks, so we'll just have to wait and see." 

The two-week restrictions are expected to be lifted on the 27th.  

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