Today is a big day for the cities of Calgary and Brooks.
While the rest of the province saw the full effects of Stage 1 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy on May 14, the two cities have had to be a little more patient when it came to the reopenings.
Both Calgary and Brooks had seen more coronavirus cases over the past few months than the rest of the province, so Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the decision to roll Stage 1 out in a few phases.
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The last phase of Stage 1 has officially been launched as of June 1, allowing for day camps as well as post-secondary institutions and places of worship to reopen — with some restrictions, of course.
It should also be noted that businesses are not being forced to reopen; they are allowed to remain closed for however long they think is necessary.
Calgary and Brooks saw some initial Stage 1 reopenings on May 14 along with the rest of the province, including the following:
- Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture, and bookstores
- All vendors at farmers’ markets are able to operate
- Museums and art galleries
- Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy
- Resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries
- Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges
- Hair salons and barbershops
- cafes, pubs, restaurants, and bars
Here’s a list of restrictions that will be eased across the province with Stage 2 and Stage 3, and as such, are still not permitted as of June 1:
- K-12 schools
- Some surgeries
- Services offered by some allied health disciplines like acupuncture and massage therapy
- Personal services like artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments and reflexology
- Larger gatherings
- Movie theatres and theatres
- Arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events
- Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas
- Industry conferences
- Non-essential travel