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 50 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.

Activities permitted

As we enter Stage 1 of our relaunch strategy, some restrictions on outdoor activities have been relaxed.

Albertans are permitted to participate in a number of activities – as long as they do so with common sense and follow all public health orders and guidelines.

Examples of permitted activities include:

  • going for walks, bike rides or flying kites
  • gardening in community settings
  • visiting parks (check provincial or national parks for restrictions before visiting)
  • activities in public or private facilities that municipalities or operators have reopened:
    • lakes, parks and trails
    • open fields like soccer pitches or ball diamonds
    • sports courts
  • activities at outdoor facilities that have been allowed to reopen:
    • golf courses
    • outdoor gun ranges

For more information, view relaunch guidance for outdoor recreation (PDF, 82 KB).

Where dog parks and playgrounds are open, follow guidance for preventing the spread of infection:

Activities not recommended

COVID-19 can be transmitted by touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Activities that carry this risk are not recommended, even with physical distancing in place, including:

  • communal meals, such as barbecues, picnics or drinks with friends and neighbours
  • communal features, such as inflatables or trampolines

Activities not allowed

Under recent health orders, an activity is not allowed to proceed if it involves:

  • league play, events, festivals or competitions
  • any outdoor event or gathering of more than 50 people, including private gatherings such as backyard barbecues and weddings
  • a situation where physical distancing isn’t possible – people are required to maintain 2 metres (6 feet) from each other, unless they are from the same household
  • attending most public recreation and private entertainment facilities, such as:
    • swimming pools and gyms
    • casinos and bingo halls

#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 May 21, 2020.