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:
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)
Persons with disabilities: Special one time, tax free, non-reportable payment
Students & Recent Graduates: Helping student loan borrowers
Support for Businesses:
Emergency / Recovery Benefits – Main Phone Numbers
You can reach the CRA using two general phone numbers:
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.
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.
For employment opportunities please refer to Canada's Job Bank: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
For immediate assistance regarding COVID-19 and any questions you may have please contact:
Email: [email protected]\
COVID Alert App
- 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
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.
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:
- 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.
Exemptions from hotel stopover
Travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they’re:
- an unaccompanied minor or unaccompanied dependent child
- already exempt from the requirement to undergo post-arrival 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.