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OPINION: Be patient as restrictions are being lifted

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I don’t think I was the only one surprised by just how many different facilities and programs the provincial government included in the second phase of Alberta's relaunch.

It followed suit of almost everything that’s been happening over the past couple of months - you didn't know what was in store until the announcement was made, which I find a little frustrating.

Information regarding Alberta's approach to the coronavirus changes almost daily, and it’s forced everyone to remain on their toes.

Not only did they decided to enter into the second phase a week earlier than originally planned, but businesses and facilities were included that weren't expecting to be able to open until later.

Within hours of the province’s announcement, I was flooded with statements from local businesses and facilities that wouldn't be opening on June 12 because they didn't have enough time be get prepared with the three-day notice provided.

While most are pleased to hear the good new that the province is able to reopen sooner than expected, we need to be patient as businesses get ready to open their doors. If a store or facility has decided to hold off on opening or changed the way they operate, just remember they're doing the best they can.

Even in my job, every time I think I’ve got a handle on the provincial mandates I get thrown a curveball and find myself catching up on the latest regulations.

It might be frustrating that you can’t head to the local pool for a couple of weeks or that you still can’t see a movie at the theatre until July, but the number one priority is keeping everyone safe. They’re going through pages of procedures and protocols to ensure they receive the green light and can welcome you back into their building.

If this coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be patient.

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle