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Alberta hair salons, restaurant patios to reopen Tuesday as some COVID-19 rules lift

EDMONTON — Albertans can book appointments at barber shops, hair salons and other personal wellness services starting today.

Outdoor public gatherings will double to 10 people from five, and restaurants can resume patio service.

Retail shops can now have 15 per cent maximum customer capacity.

Indoor social gatherings remain banned.

The changes, which were announced last week by Premier Jason Kenney, are linked to more people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and hospitalization numbers dropping.

The next phase of reopening could come as early as June 10 when entertainment venues like movie theatres and casinos will be able to reopen their doors.

That phase is tied to vaccination and hospitalization rates that have already been reached, but the government is waiting two weeks for recent first-dose immunizations to take effect.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2021

The Canadian Press