COVID-19 Updates

Relevant Topics (up-to-date as of December 9, 2020)

Indoor and Outdoor Social Gatherings

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 8

All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited

  • Close contacts are limited to household members only
  • People who live alone can have up to 2 close contacts:
    • must be the same two contacts throughout the duration of the restriction
    • if the close contacts do not live alone, visits cannot be held at their home
    • single parents who only live with their children under 18 are permitted to have up to 2 close contacts

This does not apply to:

  • co-parenting arrangements
  • service visits from caregivers, health or childcare providers
  • home maintenance and repairs
  • mutual support group meetings

Out-of-town Travel and Visitors

Non-essential travel

  • All out-of-town travel is discouraged at this time.

Returning home

  • If the individual belongs to the household (e.g., a such as a child returning home from post-secondary), then they would be permitted to return to the home.
  • If you do not have a household in Alberta, you must not stay in other people’s homes while these restrictions are in place.  

Visitors

  • Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes while these restrictions are in place, regardless of where they are coming from.

Weddings and Funerals

No change – Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Nov. 24

  • Maximum of 10 people for wedding ceremonies or funeral services and must be held in a public place
    • This includes the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses
    • This does not include staff or organizers who are not considered an invited guest
    • This applies to any facility, including places of worship and funeral homes.
    • This includes services held indoors or outdoors, seated or non-seated.
  • Receptions are not permitted

Places of Worship

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13

Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance:

  • Services must be held at their normal location
  • Physical distancing between households must be maintained
  • Mask use is mandatory

Alternatively:

  • Virtual or online services are recommended
  • Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed

Additional safety measures:

  • In-person faith group meetings and other religious gatherings are:
    • not permitted in private homes while these measures are in effect
    • permitted when conducted at a place of worship as long as physical distancing and public health measures are followed
  • Faith leaders and other speakers can remove their masks while speaking if there is a distance of 2 metres. The mask must be put on again once finished speaking.
  • Group performance activities, such as choir singing and playing music, are permitted if they are normal worship practices and not for the purpose of entertainment. Performers must wear masks at all times.

Mandatory Mask Requirements

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 8

Masks are mandatory in all:

  • indoor public places
  • places of worship
  • indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home, except:
    • when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or a barrier is in place
    • rental accommodations used solely for the purposes of a private residence
    • farm operations (exempt)

This workplace requirement:

  • applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors
  • includes any location where employees are present in-person
  • includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk
  • does not change current student mask requirements in schools

Working from Home

Mandatory - Provincewide - Effective Dec. 13

Working from home is mandatory unless the employer requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.

 

K-12 Schools

No change  – Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Starting Nov. 30

Grades 7-12 students

  • Move to at-home learning Nov. 30 to Jan. 8, except during winter break*
  • Resume in-person classes Jan. 11
  • Diploma exams are optional for rest of the school year. Students and families can choose to write an exam or receive an exemption for the January, April, June and August 2021 exams.

Grades K-6 students, including Early Childhood Services

  • Continue in-person learning until their scheduled winter break (generally Dec. 18*)
  • Move to at-home learning after the winter break until Jan. 8
  • Resume in-person classes Jan. 11

*Schools have different winter break schedules, check with your school for details.

Exemption is available for students with disabilities or in outreach programs, learn more at K-12 learning during COVID-19.

 

Child Care

No change to current measures

Licensed daycare, out-of-school and preschool program can continue operating as long as providers follow all public health orders and guidance for child care programs.​

 

Retail

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13

Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy or a minimum of 5 customers:

  • Curbside pick up, delivery and online services are encouraged
  • Shop alone if possible or only with the people you live with
  • Shopping mall:
    • capacity limits of 15% include common areas and individual stores
    • food courts open for grab and go only

Retail services include:

  • Retail businesses operating within a shopping centre or mall
  • Shopping centres and malls
  • Pet supply stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Clothing stores
  • Computer and technology stores
  • Hardware
  • Automotive
  • Sporting goods
  • Liquor and cannabis
  • Gift shops
  • Markets

Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Lounges, and Cafes

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13

  • All restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are closed to in-person service.
  • Take out, curbside pickup and delivery services are allowed.

Entertainment and Recreation Facilities

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13

All entertainment businesses and entities must close, including:

  • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming centres
  • Racing centres, horse tracks, raceways
  • Bowling alleys, pool halls
  • Legions and private clubs (nightclubs must remain closed)
  • Art galleries, libraries and museums
  • Science and interpretive centres
  • Amusement and water parks
  • Children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds
  • Theatres, auditoria and concert halls
  • Banquet halls, conference centres and trade shows

All indoor recreation facilities must close, including:

  • Gyms and studios
  • Fitness and recreation centres
  • Spas, pools, indoor rinks and arenas
  • Day and overnight camps
  • Community halls and centres

Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.

 

Personal and Wellness Services

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13

All personal and wellness services must close.

Personal services include:

  • esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing, make-up
  • body, nose and ear piercing, and tattoos
  • artificial tanning and spray tanning
  • facial, eyebrow and eyelash treatments
  • cosmetic skin and body treatments
  • laser hair and tattoo removal
  • hairstyling and barbering

Wellness services include:

  • massage therapy
  • floatation tanks
  • reflexology
  • colonic irrigation

Health, Social, and Professional Services

Mandatory - Provincewide - Effective Dec. 13

Regulated health services can remain open by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.

  • physicians, dentists
  • physical therapists
  • optometrists
  • hearing aid practitioners
  • acupuncturists
  • naturopaths

Professional services can remain open by appointment only:

  • lawyers
  • mediators
  • accountants
  • photographers

Social services can remain open for in-person services including:

  • social, protective or emergency services
  • shelters for vulnerable persons
  • not-for-profit community kitchens, religious kitchens and soup kitchens

Home-based businesses should follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.

 

Hotels, Motels, Hunting and Fishing Lodges

Mandatory - Provincewide - Effective Dec. 13

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open but must follow restrictions:

  • No spa, pool or gym access
  • No in-person dining (room service only)

Performance Activities

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13 (Nov. 27 restrictions remain in effect until Dec. 13)

Performance activities include dancing, singing, theatre and playing wind instruments.

Outdoor settings

  • Rehearsals and practices are permitted up to a maximum of 10 participants. Physical distancing and other relevant guidelines must be followed.
  • Performances with audiences are not permitted.

Indoor settings

  • No group performances in indoor settings are permitted.
  • Rehearsals, practices and lessons involving 2 or more are not permitted.

Lessons

  • 1-to-1 in-person lessons are permitted.
  • Virtual lessons are strongly encouraged where possible.

School settings

  • Phys Ed., band and drama classes are permitted to continue
  • Assemblies, performances, concerts, and inter-school games, activities and competitions are not permitted.

Places of worship

  • Indoor group performance activities conducted in a place of worship, such as choir singing and playing music, are permitted provided these are normal activities conducted as part of worship practices and not for the purpose of entertainment.

Sports and Physical Activities

Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13 (Nov. 27 restrictions remain in effect until Dec. 13)

Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta.

  • Outdoor group physical activity, including team sports, must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
    • members of different households must maintain 2 metre distancing at all times
  • Indoor group physical activities are prohibited unless
    • the group only involves members of the same household.
    • the activity involves students at a school or post-secondary institution as part of an education program
    • the activity involves students at a post-secondary institution
  • One-to-one indoor training, such as training with a fitness trainer or coach, is not permitted.

Enforcement

If you violate a public health order, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Additionally, you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offense.

If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:

  • remind them that not following orders is against the law and puts people at risk
  • submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors online or call 1-833-415-9179
  • complaints that require an immediate response can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line

 

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

for a complete list of all support programs please click on this link: Economic Response Plan

Support for Individuals: 

 

For Individuals & Families: 

o   Employment Insurance (EI)

o   Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

o   Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

o   Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

o   Mortgage Deferral Payment  

 

Persons with disabilities:

Special one time, tax free, non-reportable payment

 

Students & Recent Graduates: 

Helping student loan borrowers

 

Seniors

Reduced minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds

 

Support for Businesses: 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Extending work-sharing program

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

 

 

  • Emergency / Recovery Benefits – Main Phone Numbers

 

You can reach the CRA using two general phone numbers:

 

 1-800-959-8281

 

o   If you are having trouble applying for an emergency/recovery benefit because they haven’t filed a 2019 tax return;

o   If you want to make changes to their account (updates to address or direct deposit); and

o   If you are having trouble accessing the CRA My Account.

 

1-833-966-2099

 

This phone number can be used to obtain general information about the new Canada Recovery Benefits (CRB, CRCB and CRSB):

o   Eligibility requirements;

o   The payment amount for each period; and

o   How and when to apply.

 

Employment

For employment opportunities please refer to Canada's Job Bank: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

 

 

 

 

Health

For immediate assistance regarding COVID-19 and any questions you may have please contact:
Phone-: 1-833-784-4397
Email: phac.info.aspc@canada.ca

Testing

  • The Federal Government has signed a deal to purchase 7.9 Million rapid coronavirus tests pending approval from Health Canada 

Vaccines

Here is a list of aggreements signed by the Governmnent to secure Vaccines: 

  • Sanofi and GSK, which will supply up to 72 million of doses of their COVID-19 adjuvanted recombinant protein-based vaccine candidate.
  • Johnson & Johnson, which will supply up to 38 million doses of its vaccine candidate, Ad26.COV2.S.
  • Novavax, which will supply up to 76 million doses of its vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373.
  • Pfizer, which will supply a minimum of 20 million doses of its mRNA-based vaccine candidate, BNT162. The government is negotiating with the company to have the agreement include options for obtaining additional doses.
  • Moderna, which will supply up to 56 million doses of its vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273. 

COVID Alert App

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html

Health 

  • Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer is now recommending the use of non-medical masks when out in public
  • Health officials are recommending Canadians to get the seasonal flu-shot 
  • Maintain social distancing and wash your hands often 

 

Travel

For a detailed list of travel restrictions and eligible travelers to Canada, please click Here

Canada’s travel guidelines and regulations continue to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. The border with the United States remains closed for non- essential travel until both countries assess that COVID-19 cases are under control. IRCC continues to process sponsorship and visa applications around the world, and have made efforts to ensure timely processing of files in locations that were forced to shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reports that they have resumed deportation of foreign nationals who have overstayed their visit or are here illegally as of Nov 30th. Exceptions are being made for those whose countries are too dangerous to return to, have restricted entry, and for asylum seekers working in specific jobs in the healthcare industry. The ‘Guardian Angel’ program will provide a path to permanent residency for these healthcare workers and their families, and will be available starting December 14th  . For more information, see CBSA: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html

 

Either me or my family member is outside of Canada and is affected by travel bans. What should we do?
Canadians travelling outside of Canada in need of emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

Travel Update: Under the federal Quarantine Act – All travellers returning to Canada are required to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine
Details: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html?topic=tilelink

The federal government has banned domestic air travel and inter-city train trips for people with COVID-19 symptoms
Details: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/government-of-canada-announces-new-domestic-transportation-measures.html

Global travel advice and advisories

  • The Government of Canada advises all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel 
  • Many countries continue to have strict travel restrictions in place, and the availability of options for international transportation remain limited. As a result you may have difficulty returning to Canada 
  • Some countries have opened their borders to tourists. Those destinations could impose travel restrictions suddenly, should they experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases. 
  • Should you decide to travel despite the Government of Canada's advisories, know that you might have to remain abroad for longer than expected.

Details: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Air travel into Canada

you can travel to and enter Canada if you're a 

  • Canadian Citizens
  • Dual Canadian citizens with valid Canadian passport or special authorization
  • Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Person registered under Canad's Indian Act 
  • Protected person 

Foreign Nationals are eligible to travel to Canada if 

  •  You are an immediate family member of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident  and staying in Canada for longer than 15 days 
  •  For other Foreign Nationals, you must be traveling for an essential purpose and you must be traveling Directly from the U.S. or exempt from travel   restrictions. 

All Travelers to Canada re subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. You must have a mandatory quarantine plan that shows how you will quarantine for 14-days