On April 30, 2020, the Province of Alberta released a statement outlining the province’s expectations for the required criteria and measures that would need to be in place to restart the economy.
Conditions for re-launch
Based on the criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the following elements will be required to begin the staged approach to open Alberta’s economy:
- Enhancing our nation-leading COVID-19 testing capacity
- Robust and comprehensive contact tracing, aided by technology, to quickly identify and notify people who are at risk
- Support for those who test positive to enable isolation and containment of spread
- Stronger international border controls and airport screening
- Public use of masks in specified crowded spaces, or mass transit Strong protections for the most vulnerable, including those in long-term care
- Rapid response teams to deal with future outbreaks
Stages for re-launch
There will be 3 stages for re-launching Alberta’s economy:
Some businesses and facilities can resume operations with two (2) metre physical distancing requirements and other guidance in place.
This stage may begin as early as May 14, 2020.
- Post-secondary institutions (online and in-person);
- Retail businesses;
- Personal services, including hairstyling and barber shops;
- Museums and art galleries;
- Additional non-essential surgeries and dental procedures;
- Physiotherapy, chiropractic, optometry, and similar services;
- Daycares with limits on occupancy;
- Summer camps with limits on occupancy, including summer school;
- Dine-in restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars at 50 per cent capacity; and
- Some additional outdoor recreation.
Timing of this stage will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering the capacity of the healthcare system and continued limiting and/or reduction of the rate of infections, hospitalization, and ICU cases.
- Potential Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools with restrictions
- More scheduled surgeries, including backlog elimination.
- Personal services such as artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, massage and reflexology.
- Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars continuing to operate at reduced capacity.
- Permitting of some larger gatherings (number of people to be determined as we learn more about the levels of risk for different activities) in some situations.
- Movie theatres and theatres opening with restrictions.
Timing of this stage is to be determined.
- Fully reopening all businesses and services, with limited restrictions;
- Arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events will be permitted with enhanced protection controls in place;
- Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres, and arenas will reopen with enhanced protection controls in place; and
- Permitting larger gatherings (number of people to be determined).
Key public health measures for all three stages
|wdt_ID||Public Health Measure||Current||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|1||Physical Distancing||Maintain distance of 2M||Maintain distance of 2M||Maintain distance of 2M||Maintain distance of 2M|
|2||Gatherings||Gatherings > 15 prohibited||Gatherings > 15 prohibited||Size of permitted gatherings will increase||Size of permitted gatherings will increase|
|3||Public masks||Encourage wearing a mask where unable to physically distance||Encourage wearing a mask where unable to physically distance||Encourage wearing a mask where unable to physically distance||Unnecessary|
|4||Vulnerable Albertans (outside facility)||Remain home unless medically necessary||Stay at home as much as possible||Resume normal activities and interactions||Resume normal activities and interactions|
|5||Vulnerable Albertans (facility-based)||Visitor, staff, and operational restrictions||Visitor, staff, and operational restrictions||Visitor, staff, and operational restrictions||Lifted|
|6||Non-essential domestic travel||Non-essential travel not recommended||Non-essential travel not recommended||Non-essential travel not recommended||Lifted|
|7||Isolation and quarantine||14 days for cases, close contacts, and returning travelers 10 days if symptomatic but don’t fit above categories||14 days for cases, close contacts, and returning travelers 10 days if symptomatic but don’t fit above categories||14 days for cases, close contacts, and returning travelers 10 days if symptomatic but don’t fit above categories||Lifted|
The full guide released by the Province of Alberta can be found here.