Alberta is gradually relaunching our economy. Some businesses and services can start reopening. The cities of Calgary and Brooks will have a more gradual reopening due to higher cases.
Albertans can and should confidently support Alberta businesses, while continuing to act responsibly and following all public health measures.
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- Complete COVID-19 information for Albertans
- Updates from the Chief Medical Officer
Public health is the mandate of Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta. Visit alberta.ca for the most up to date info.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses.
- Common symptoms can be mild: cough, fever (over 38°C), shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- Symptom of serious illness: difficulty breathing or pneumonia
If you have symptoms:
- stay home and isolate for at least 10 days, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer (this is a legal requirement)
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment to determine if you need testing
- call Health Link 811 if concerned about your health
- do not go to an ER or clinic – if you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and inform them you may have COVID-19
Preventing the spread of illness
Although public health measures are in place to quickly identify potential cases, all Albertans must take personal steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Steps you can take
To protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing
- wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
- avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- avoid travel outside Canada
- watch for COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to isolate for:
- 14 days if you recently returned from travel outside of Canada or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur, whichever is longer
- 10 days minimum 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer
Practice physical distancing
Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick.
This is not the same as self-isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.
We are asking all Albertans to practice physical distancing to help protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19.
To protect yourself and others:
- keep at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort family
- limit the number of times you leave your home for errands; try to limit grocery store visits to once a week
- try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
- try to shop at less busy times
- order online to have groceries or other items delivered if possible
- go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others
- avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
- follow Alberta’s mandatory restrictions on gatherings
- wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces
Guidance on Outdoor Activities
Advice from the Province to help Albertans plan and safely enjoy outdoor activities this summer.
With the weather warming up, everyone is eager to go outside for fresh air.
Albertans are encouraged to enjoy outdoor activities, as long as you follow all public health orders to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.
- Limit outdoor gatherings to no more than 100 people
- Stay home and away from others if exhibiting symptoms
- If participating in activities with people from outside your household or cohort family
- maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times
- refrain from sharing equipment
When going outdoors in public spaces:
- Plan your activity in advance to ensure physical distancing of at least 2 metres is possible:
- Practise good hand hygiene:
- wash your hands frequently
- refrain from touching your face with unclean hands
- carry and use hand sanitizer
Stage 2 of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy
In response to the announcements made by the provincial government regarding Stage 2 of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy, staff are carefully considering all options as we look at possibly re-opening facilities while keeping employees and residents safe.
We are currently reviewing the guidelines published by Alberta Health to determine the requirements to safely reopen our facilities to the public. As preventive measures and procedures are developed, facilities will begin to reopen to the public. Ongoing assessment will be completed to ensure that the preventative measures are having the intended outcomes.
Given the complexity of the guidelines and the number of facilities/operations that can resume, it is estimated that it will be approximately 2 weeks before the first facilities will be ready, and the remainder will follow as time allows.
When we do begin to open our facilities, please follow all procedures and protocols put in place for everyone’s safety.
To view Alberta's Relaunch Strategy, visit https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx