Current Situation

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.

Public health is the mandate of Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta. Visit alberta.ca for the most up to date info. 

Keep yourself informed from other credible sources of information, such as Alberta HealthHealth Canada and the World Health Organization.

Symptoms

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:

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

Take precautions

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

See more ways to help prevent the spread.

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

#COVIBOOK - Helping Children Understand

Alberta municipalities have been given permission to share #COVIBOOK — a free resource created to "support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19," according to its author Manuela Molina.

"This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share #COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world."

Manuela Molina, Author

 To download and print a copy of the book, visit www.mindheart.co/descargables

The information provided on this page is from alberta.ca/covid19 as of June 24, 2020.