EDMONTON -- Alberta Health Services is asking the public to stop donating food to its healthcare staff and patients.

"We greatly appreciate the hundreds of offers from Albertans to lend a hand to our healthcare staff and the patients in our care, including the donation or supply of food," said AHS in a facebook post.

"We love that you want to give our staff donuts and goodies like that. We agree – they deserve it! But, the risk is just too great now."

AHS says staff cannot accept or serve any external, non-AHS sourced food, to patients or staff.

This comes as Dr. Hinshaw announced new, stricter guidelines regarding sharing food during the COVID-19 pandemic.