Kenney gives go ahead on next phases of Stage 1 for Calgary and Brooks

May 22 2020, 10:51 am

Cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, hair salons, and barbershops can officially reopen in Calgary and Brooks as of May 25.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement at a press conference in Calgary on Friday, stating that new COVID-19 cases had been consistently low enough to allow the two cities to join the rest of Alberta in these reopenings.

The province as a whole had been allowed to reopen these services on May 14 when Stage 1 of the coronavirus Relaunch Strategy was first enacted, but Calgary and Brooks were limited in their reopenings.

As two of the hardest-hit cities, the province wanted to roll out Stage 1’s reopenings in a phased approach, with some services and stores reopened with the rest of the province on May 14, some on May 25, and the rest on June 1.

Here’s a look at the current Stage 1 schedule for Calgary and Brooks:

Opened 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 professional colleges.

Opening May 25

  • Hairstyling and barbershops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs, and bars can reopen for table service at 50% capacity.

Opening 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.

Stage 2 is expected no earlier than June 19.