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On May 25, the province launched a four-step plan to carefully bring people back together. On July 1, we moved to Step 3 with many restrictions reduced or eliminated.

The fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic began in August 2021. The first week saw the seven-day rolling average for new cases nearly tripling compared to the prior week and case counts steadily increased. The seven-day rolling average number of cases and the number of hospitalizations have both remained high since August.

On August 23, the provincial government announced it is unlikely that we will move to Step 4 in the near future as case counts continued to rise. The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations.