Alberta Returns to Step 1 of COVID-19 Restrictions

Alberta is returning to Step 1 of the four-step framework to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 province-wide.

Effective at 11:59pm on April 6 2021, updated mandatory health measures go into effect for retail, fitness and performance activities. Effective at noon on Friday, April 9, restaurants will be restricted to providing only takeout, delivery and patio service.

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The following mandatory public health measures come into effect at 11:59pm on April 6, 2021:


  • Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, with a minimum of five customers permitted (curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged)
  • Shopping malls will be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy

Indoor fitness

  • Only one-on-one training with an individual or household is permitted for indoor fitness activities, for example: fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons
  • No drop-in activities or unsupervised individual fitness
  • Group fitness, high or low intensity, is not allowed
  • Outdoor physical activity is allowed with up to 10 people, provided physical distancing is maintained between households

Adult performance activities

Adult performance activities are not permitted. Performance activities include dancing, singing, acting, playing a musical instrument and any rehearsal or theatrical performances.

The following mandatory public health measures come into effect at noon on Friday, April 9, 2021:

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafés

Indoor in-person service is no longer permitted:

  • Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted
  • Outdoor patio dining is also allowed (tables and dining parties must be 2 metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission)
  • Household members only, or 2 close contacts of someone who lives alone
  • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party

The following mandatory public health measures remain in effect unchanged:

Places of worship

All places of worship will continue to be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance:

  • Virtual or online services are strongly encouraged
  • Drive-in services where individuals do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance will be permissible and are not subject to capacity restrictions

Social gatherings

  • Indoor social gatherings continue to be prohibited
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 participants, provided physical distancing and other measures continue to be followed

Personal and wellness services

  • Personal and wellness services can be open for appointment only (this includes hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos and piercing)
  • Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, child care, and not-for-profit community kitchens or charitable kitchens can remain open for in-person attendance

Indoor and outdoor children’s sport and performance

  • K-12 schools and post-secondary children’s sport and performance activities, such as physical education classes, can now use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities
  • Lessons, practices and conditioning activities, but not games, may occur for indoor team-based minor sports/activities and school athletics:
    • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, excluding coaches or trainers
    • Maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants
    • Participants must stay physically distanced from each other at all times

Metrics based on cases and growth, including COVID-19 variants, are being monitored and will also be used to guide any decisions around the need to pause further steps or potentially increase restrictions.

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s healthcare system.

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