It’s been just over two weeks since the newest provincial public health measures affecting restaurants, bars, and pubs went into effect across Alberta.
Since May 9, 2021, all in-person dining, including outdoor patios, had to close for at least a three-week period.
Establishments are currently only permitted to remain open for takeout and delivery, but it looks like that’s changing soon.
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During a press conference on Wednesday morning, the Government of Alberta outlined the province’s plan for reopening.
Premier Jason Kenney announced a 3-stage roadmap outlining how restrictions will ease while protecting the healthcare system.
As a part of Step 1, on June 1, 2021, outdoor patio dining can resume with a maximum of four people per table.
Everyone at the table must be members of the same household or for a person living alone, dining parties are limited to two close contacts. Physical distancing and other restrictions will still apply.
Stage 2 is expected to start around mid-June, when restaurants will be able to seat tables with up to six people, indoors or outdoors. During Stage 2 dining parties will no longer be restricted to households.
Alberta’s Stage 3 will see all restrictions are lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings across the province.
Kenney says he is optimistic Alberta will reach Stage 3 by mid-July.