COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments

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Daily updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta

Stronger Public Health Measures

Mandatory, province-wide restrictions are in effect to protect the healthcare system and slow the spread of COVID-19. A roadmap has been developed to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming weeks and months.
Alberta's Open for Summer Plan

This 3 stage roadmap outlines how restrictions will ease while protecting the healthcare system and increasing vaccination rates in the province. COVID-19 transmission will continue to be monitored. If required, a stage may be paused to respond to trends at regional or provincial levels.

Sustained reopening will require Albertans to get fully vaccinated with 2 doses during the summer to prevent future spread. These restriction changes apply province-wide. Additional details will be released before each stage.

Stage 1 reopening starts June 1

Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12-plus (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.

  • Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted
  • Outdoor social gatherings: up to 10 people
  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities: up to 10 distanced people, all ages
  • Places of worship: 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
  • Wedding ceremonies: up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)Funeral services: up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Personal and wellness services: reopen, by appointment only
  • Restaurants: 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contacts for those living alone
  • Retail: 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 2 reopening

Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12-plus (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.

  • Outdoor social gatherings: up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Gyms and fitness studios open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
  • Funeral services: up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Wedding ceremonies: up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Places of worship: 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Personal and wellness services: resume walk-in service
  • Post-secondary: resume in-person learning
  • Restaurants: 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
  • Retail: 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Youth activities (day camps, play centres) resume with restrictions
  • Youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
  • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) up to 150 people
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) 1/3 seated capacity
  • Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 3 reopening

Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12-plus (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Expected to be effective in late June or early July.

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

What Does Physical (Social) Distancing Mean?

Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping a safe space (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people who are not from your household. Physical distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

What does physical distancing mean?

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • Avoiding crowded places and gatherings
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
  • Follow Alberta’s restrictions on mass gatherings

Other steps you can take:

  • Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

Learn more about physical distancing

Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings

Masks are mandatory for Albertans in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces unless you qualify for an exception. Masks complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.
Non-medical masks and face coverings: About

COVID-19: Mandatory mask requirements

Effective December 8, 2020, masks are mandatory across Alberta in all:

  • Indoor public places
  • Places of worship
  • Indoor workplaces, except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or a barrier is in place
  • Farm operations (exempt)

This workplace requirement:

  • Applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors
  • Includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk
  • Does not change current student mask requirements in schools

Read about the Mandatory, province-wide restrictions in effect

Why use a mask

Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs. Masks should complement, not replace, other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.

Face shields

Face shields do not replace masks or face coverings. A face shield is used to protect the eyes of the person wearing it.

Using a face shield without a mask won’t protect you from potentially inhaling infectious respiratory droplets exhaled by others, nor will it protect others from your infectious respiratory droplets, as they can escape around the face shield.

If you’re unable to wear a mask or face covering, you may want to wear a face shield. Choose one that extends around the sides of the face and below the chin. You’ll still need to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres, and practice good hand hygiene, especially if you touch the face shield.

Neck gaiters (neck warmers)

Neck gaiters (also known as neck warmers) are not recommended because they aren’t well secured to the head or ears, are likely to move or slip out of place, and are difficult to remove without contaminating yourself.

If a neck gaiter must be used as a face covering, it should be folded to provide at least 3 layers of fabric and should include a filter or filter fabric added between layers. Lift it away from your face, especially when taking it off, and wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer anytime you need to adjust it, especially when putting it on and taking it off.

Masks with exhalation valves

Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not recommended. These masks do not protect others from COVID-19 or limit the spread of the virus. This is because they allow infectious respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask.

Medical masks

Medical masks include N95 masks and surgical or procedure masks. N95 masks protect from exposure to biological aerosols that may contain viruses or bacteria. They are generally only required during specific, high-risk medical procedures. Surgical or procedure masks provide a barrier to splashes, droplets, saliva or spit. They are not designed to fit tightly against the face.

These masks should be kept for healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. They may also be recommended for use in some workplaces, like salons, where there is prolonged close contact with people.

Gloves

It is not necessary to wear gloves in public. If you choose to wear gloves, remember to wash your hands before you put them on and immediately after taking them off. Change the gloves if you touch your face, cover a cough or sneeze with your hands, or if they become dirty or torn. Always discard the gloves in a lined garbage bin after taking them off.

To avoid spreading germs or COVID-19, do not touch your face or mask with your gloves, do not touch any personal items (cell phone, bag, credit card) that you might touch again with bare hands, and do not try to wash gloves or use hand sanitizer with gloves on.

Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

Resource Hub: Mental Health and Wellness During COVID-19

It is normal to feel anxious and afraid while we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation is stressful for everyone; people living with mental illness and addictions may be finding it especially difficult to cope. If you or someone you know is struggling, the resources on this site are here to support you.
Taking Charge of What You Can: A COVID-19 Toolkit
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live, work, and connect with each other in a very short period of time. As a world, we are experiencing a collective crisis, the likes of which most of us have never encountered. Right now it is normal to be experiencing a whole host of emotions, including anxiety, anger, sadness, and uncertainty. Our minds and our bodies are closely connected, so it is also likely that you are losing sleep and experiencing other physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, aches and pains, headaches, and low energy.
 
How will this toolkit help? We all need to find a sense of control right now. This toolkit is designed to help you focus on the parts of your life that you can take charge of and stop spending energy on the things you cannot control.
 

Important Phone Numbers

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Service Canada is ready to help

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the provincial and federal governments are taking action to help affected businesses.
Connect 1:1 with a Business Strategist

As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges in light of the actions taken by our government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to move forward with our relaunch strategy in Alberta. Business Link has gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.

Business Link will continue to update this page with new information and additional resources as they become available.

Learn about the resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19

Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.

COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors

The government is taking a tailored approach to better protecting individual sectors from the economic distribution of COVID-19.

Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19

Are you a Canadian manufacturer or business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19? If so, we want to hear from you.
In combating COVID-19, we’re stronger together

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. Please refer to the product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs. If you can say yes to the following, we really want to hear from you.

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizers, wipes, ventilators, and/or other medical equipment and supplies
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances
  • The Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19

Explore product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs
My business wants to help

Together we will get through this.