Today is a big day for Alberta.
Friday, June 12, marks the next stage of the provincial government’s COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy, allowing many more services, activities, and businesses to reopen their doors following coronavirus-caused restrictions.
This is the second stage of a three stage roll out, and it has come a week sooner than the province had expected thanks to low coronavirus and hospitalization numbers.
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On June 9, Premier Jason Kenney announced that Alberta would be moving forward with an accelerated Stage 2, which includes lifting some restrictions that had been planned for Stage 3.
Here’s a look at everything that is allowed to reopen in Alberta as of today with basic public health measures in place:
- K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
- More surgeries
- Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
- Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
- Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
- Movie theatres and theatres
- Community halls
- Team sports
- Pools for leisure swimming
- VLTs in restaurants and bars
- Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
- Instrumental concerts
The 50% capacity limit has been lifted for provincial campgrounds, worship gatherings, restaurants, cafes, lounges, bars, casinos, and bingo halls, with no cap on the maximum number of attendees.
Attendance maximums have been increased to 50 for indoor social gatherings and 100 for outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events.
Here’s what is still not approved as of Stage 2:
- Social gatherings that exceed above-listed maximums
- Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
- Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
- Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
- Amusement parks
- Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
- Major sporting events and tournaments
- Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.
As with previous stages, just because businesses are allowed to reopen under the lifted restrictions does not mean that they have to reopen.