COVID-19 Updates

Relevant Topics (up-to-date as of May 26, 2021)

Public Health Measures: 

For COVID-19 Information for Albertans, please visit: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

ALBERTA'S OPEN FOR SUMMER PLAN:

Open For Summer Plan

Stage 1 reopening starts June 1

Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.

    • Places of worship - 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
    • Outdoor social gatherings - up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
    • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities - up to 10 distanced people, all ages
    • Personal and wellness services - re-open, by appointment only
    • Funeral services - up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
    • Wedding ceremonies - up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
    • Restaurants - 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contact for those living alone
    • Retail - 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
    • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 2 reopening

Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.

    • Outdoor social gatherings - up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
    • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries) - open at 30% of fire code occupancy
    • Gyms and fitness studios - open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
    • Funeral services - up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
    • Wedding ceremonies - up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
    • Places of worship - 1/3 of fire code occupancy
    • Personal and wellness services - resume walk-in service
    • Post-secondary - resume in-person learning
    • Restaurants - 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
    • Retail - 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
    • Youth activities (day camps, play centres) - resume with restrictions
    • Youth and adult sports - resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
    • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) - up to 150 people
    • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) - 1/3 seated capacity
    • Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
    • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

Stage 3 reopening

Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Expected to be effective in late June or early July.

    • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
    • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

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)

https://www.bdc.ca/en/special-support/hascap (HASCAP) 

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: [email protected]\

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

New travel measures

Mandatory COVID-19 testing

To be allowed to board a flight to Canada, all air passengers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada.

All travellers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, arriving to Canada by land are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours prior to crossing the border into Canada.

Alternatively, travellers can present a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 and 90 days prior to departure.

Hotel Quarantine

The Government of Canada has introduced further measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.

We strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone non-essential travel plans outside of Canada. Now is not the time to travel.

People who travel by air for non-essential reasons will face new measures and expenses when they return to Canada.

Travellers must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time.

As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, travellers, unless exempted, will also be required to:

  • reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
  • stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
  • pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for:
    • food
    • security
    • transportation
    • infection prevention and control measures

Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.

Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover.

The list of government-authorized hotels is now available.

Exemptions from hotel stopover

Travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they’re:

 

At-home testing

Travellers will also be required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 10 of their 14-day quarantine. Travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport.