Here's everything that's allowed to reopen in Alberta right now

May 14 2020, 2:26 pm

Premier Jason Kenney announced on Wednesday that May 14 marks Stage 1 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.

…for most of the province, that is.

The disproportionate number of cases in Brooks and Calgary means that these two areas will be reopened slower than the rest of Alberta.

We’ll detail exactly what that means for these two areas further down in this list, but for now, we’ve decided to put together a list of all the businesses, organizations, and activities that have been reopened to (most of) Alberta, according to the province’s website.

Stage 0 (enacted May 1):

  • “Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries.
  • Dental and other regulated health-care workers such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more can resume services as long as they follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
  • Golf courses, with restrictions.
  • Boat launch access in select provincial parks.
  • Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas on public lands and parks.”

Stage 1 (enacted May 14):

  • “Alberta Parks’ online campground reservation system opens May 14 for bookings at select campgrounds starting June 1 onward, with some restrictions in place. Out-of-province bookings will not be processed. See: Visiting Alberta Parks during COVID-19
  • Retail businesses like clothing, furniture, and book stores.
  • All farmers’ market vendors.
  • Hairstyling and barber shops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs, and bars can reopen for table service at 50% capacity.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries to resume gradually.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care, with occupancy limits.
  • Day camps, including summer school, with occupancy limits.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery, with flexibility for in-person delivery once the existing public health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow sector-specific guidance.”

Restrictions still in place

  • “Gatherings of more than 15 people will not be permitted, unless otherwise identified in public health orders or guidance.
  • Gatherings of 15 people or fewer 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 health care facilities will remain limited.
  • In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students will remain prohibited.”

The province’s website also noted that travel outside the province is still not recommended, and remote work is advised when possible.

Albertans are also being encouraged to download the ABTraceTogether app to assist in contact tracing.

Here’s what Stage 1 looks like for Calgary and Brooks:

Stage 1 (Calgary and Brooks):

May 14:

  • “Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores.
  • Farmers’ markets.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will resume gradually.
  • Regulated health professions can offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their profesional colleges.”

May 25:

  • “Hairstyling and barber shops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for table service at 50% capacity.”

June 1:

  • “Day camps, including summer school, with limits on occupancy.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow sector-specific guidance.”

Chief Medical Officer of Staff Dr. Deena Hinshaw did note the possibility of taking steps backwards if necessary, in the situation where ICU, hospital admission, and coroanvirus case numbers go up in the coming weeks.

Kenney said that Stage 2 would come no sooner than June 19.