Massive gathering at Bowden-area rodeo a ‘slap in the face’ to Albertans, says Kenney

Reacting to a gathering at a rodeo in Bowden, Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney says it is a slap in the face to everybody who is observing the rules to keep themselves and their fellow Albertans safe.

BOWDEN, Alta. – Thousands of people flocked to a rodeo near Bowden, Alberta over the weekend despite current public health restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Premier Jason Kenney called the mass gathering a “slap in the face” to all Albertans who have been following the rules to keep fellow Albertans safe.

Kenney took to Twitter over the weekend to express his disappointment, saying “gatherings like these are a threat to public health”.

“We are all sick of this. We all want it to end. Thousands of Albertans are following the rules, sacrificing travel and social gatherings to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” he wrote.

“I’m angered and saddened to see so many people selfishly put themselves ahead of others. Rodeo celebrates Alberta’s Western heritage, a key part of which is our community spirit and looking out for others, especially the vulnerable. That’s the opposite of what these folks are doing.”

He says the more people flout health guidelines from the province the longer the pandemic will last.

He also urged people living in the province to get vaccinated when they become eligible and to continue following the rules in place.

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