As we work in tandem with the Government of Alberta's re-entry strategy, it is critical that we do so with an abundance of caution and common sense. Please remember:
- We’re still not out of the woods; COVID-19 continues to be a very real, very dangerous public health crisis
- Rushing to re-open could seriously backfire, leaving our community worse off than when COVID-19 began
- The Director of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Centre staff meet daily to review COVID-19 data, and to determine how it relates to local re-entry strategies and timelines; the re-opening of City-owned facilities may not align with the province in all cases
- Each stage of re-entry will require careful evaluation in consultation with public health authorities
- The City's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the community
Some important takeaways from Alberta's relaunch strategy
Safety first. While we ease into re-entry, we can't waste the sacrifices we've made to contain the pandemic in our community.
This is a staged relaunch. Getting to each stage depends on our ability to keep our guard up, and keep infection rates down.
We should be proud of how we have supported each other throughout this dark and uncertain time. Our continued caution will pay off.
Early Re-entry Actions from the Government of Alberta
Alberta Health Services has resumed some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries effective May 4.
Dental and other regulated health-care workers* have been allowed to resume services as of May 4, as long as they are following approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
*Physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, chiropractors, optometrists and more.
Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas on public land and parks reopened May 1.
Alberta Parks’ online campground reservation system opened May 14 for bookings at select campground starting June 1 onward.
Access to boat launches opened in select provincial parks May 1.
Golf courses were permitted to reopen as of May 2, with restrictions including keeping clubhouses and pro shops closed. These will be able to open consistent with other businesses that will be open in stage one.
Alberta's Relaunch Strategy Puts Safety First
Stage 1 allows some businesses and facilities to resume full operations as early as May 14 with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place. Mask use will be strongly recommended in crowded public spaces, like mass transit, that do not allow for physical distancing of 2-metres apart.
Between May 1 and May 4, 2020:
- Boat launch access in select provincial parks was permitted to reopen
- Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas on public lands and parks was permitted to reopen
- Golf courses were permitted to reopen, with restrictions to keep clubhouses and pro shops closed. On-site shops and restaurants were permitted to reopen, consistent with other businesses and retailers.
- Alberta Health Services was permitted to resume some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries
- Dental and other regulated healthcare workers such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more were permitted to resume services as long as they follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges
As of May 14, 2020:
- Alberta Parks' online campground reservation system will open for bookings at select campgrounds starting June 1, onward with some restrictions in place. Out-of-province bookings will not be processed.
Lifted restrictions for Stage 1
- Some retail businesses like clothing, furniture and book stores
- All farmers' market vendors
- Some personal services like hairstyling and barber shops
- More scheduled surgeries and dental procedures
- Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for public seating at 50% capacity, but people will not be able to go to the bar to order drinks, they will need to be served at the table
- Museums and art galleries
- Some additional outdoor recreation
- Daycares and out-of-school care, with occupancy limits
- Summer camps, with occupancy limits (this could include summer school)
- Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery, but method (online, in-person or blend) will depend on the restrictions in place at each phase
Continuing restrictions for Stage 1
- Gatherings of more than 15 people indoors will not permitted
- Gatherings of more than 50 people outdoors will not permitted
- All gatherings must follow physical distancing and other public health guidelines
- Public attendance at businesses, facilities and events that have close physical contact will not be permitted, including: arts and culture festivals, major sporting events and concerts
- Movie theatres, pools, recreation centres, arenas, spas, nightclubs and gyms will remain closed
- Visiting patients in healthcare facilities will remain limited
- In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students will remain prohibited
Recommendations for Stage 1
- Non-essential travel, especially outside the province, will continue to not be recommended
- Remote working is advised where possible
- Progression to Stage 2 will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering healthcare system capacity, hospitalization and ICU cases, and infection rates
Stage 2 will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with 2-metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place.
Lifted restrictions for Stage 2
- Potential opening of K-12 schools, with restrictions
- Libraries, with restrictions
- More surgeries scheduled, including backlog elimination
- More personal services like artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, massage and reflexology
- Larger gatherings permitted in some situations (number of people to be determined)
- Restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars continue operating at reduced capacity
- Movie theatres and theatres, with restrictions
Continuing restrictions for Stage 2
- Visits to patients in healthcare facilities will remain limited
- Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas will remain closed
- Arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events will not be permitted
Recommendations for Stage 2
- Non-essential travel will continue to not be recommended
- Progression to Stage 3 will be determined based on success of Stages 1 and 2
Stage 3 timing will be determined based on health indicators. Some restrictions and enhanced protection controls will remain in place.
Lifted restrictions for Stage 3
- Fully reopening all businesses and services, with some restrictions
- Larger gatherings permitted (number of people to be determined)
- Arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events will be permitted with restrictions
- Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas will reopen, with restrictions
- Industry conferences can resume, with restrictions
- No restrictions on non-essential travel
Continuing restrictions for Stage 3
- Physical distancing restrictions will be maintained
How does the Province plan to roll out its re-entry strategy?
We're working hard to lay out the highlights of the province's new staged re-entry strategy, and to communicate how this strategy may affect some of the present restrictions in place here at home. Thank you for your patience as we make these updates to the COVID-19 information portal.