State of Local Emergency to Expire Thursday


The City of Calgary will let the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) expire on Thursday.


Susan Henry the Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief said that the work Calgarians have done over the last few months have gone along way, "While it’s encouraging to see the case counts and severe outcomes are trending downward again, we remain in a pandemic and cannot drop our guard against this virus. Calgarians know what we need to do.


"We need to get vaccinated, follow the public health rules and work together to prevent the spread," Henrey stated.


Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said that Calgarians must remember that the pandemic is not over thou, "Calgarians must remember the pandemic is not yet over and we must remain vigilant. Please continue to wear your masks and get yourself and your kids vaccinated."


The SOLE was put in place on September 3rd.


Ward 7 councillor Terry Wong took to Twitter after the announcement stating that this wasn't the time to drop the SOLE, "Omicron is confirmed in Alberta by Dr Hinshaw. So it makes no sense to end (Calgary) State of Local Emergency on Thursday. We must have a special (Calgary) meeting to reconsider that order. Lives are at stake. Im asking Mayor (Jyoti Gondek) to reconvene Council."


The COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Bylaw 65M2021 and COVID-19 Pandemic Face Covering Bylaw 63M2021 remain in place.