COVID-19: Alberta premier announces end of Restrictions Exemption Program | FULL

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced Tuesday that the province will be ending the restriction exemption program (REP) at midnight.

At a news conference, the premier said while the restrictions exemption program served its purpose of increasing vaccination rates, it is no longer an effective tool for doing so and no longer needed.

Kenney said scrapping REP was among a number of changes to the province’s pandemic response that were approved by his government’s COVID-19 cabinet committee earlier in the day.

He said his government will follow a three-step plan to removing restrictions: “Alberta will move on but will do so carefully… Prudently.” He said most restrictions affecting children and youths will be lifted this weekend, including requirements for children 12 and under to wear masks.

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