Business and Service Restrictions

Effective Dec. 13, some businesses will be required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access.  For complete and up-to-date information, visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

Retail

Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers:

  • Curbside pick up, delivery and online services are encouraged
  • Shop alone if possible or only with the people you live with
  • Shopping mall:
    • capacity limits of 15% include common areas and individual stores
    • food courts open for grab and go only

COVID-19 Restricted Capacity and Occupant Load

Retail services include:

  • Retail businesses operating within a shopping centre or mall
  • Shopping centres and malls
  • Pet supply stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Clothing stores
  • Computer and technology stores
  • Hardware
  • Automotive
  • Sporting goods
  • Liquor and cannabis
  • Gift shops
  • Markets

Restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges, and cafes

  • All restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are closed to in-person service.
  • Take out, curbside pickup and delivery services are allowed.

Entertainment and Recreation Facilities

All entertainment businesses and entities must close, including:

  • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming centres
  • Racing centres, horse tracks, raceways
  • Bowling alleys, pool halls
  • Legions and private clubs (nightclubs must remain closed)
  • Art galleries, libraries and museums
  • Science and interpretive centres
  • Amusement and water parks
  • Children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds
  • Theatres, auditoria and concert halls
  • Banquet halls, conference centres and trade shows

All indoor recreation facilities must close, including:

  • Gyms and studios
  • Fitness and recreation centres
  • Spas, pools, indoor rinks and arenas
  • Day and overnight camps
  • Community halls and centres

Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.

Personal and Wellness Services

All personal and wellness services must close.

Personal services include:

  • esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing, make-up
  • body, nose and ear piercing, and tattoos
  • artificial tanning and spray tanning
  • facial, eyebrow and eyelash treatments
  • cosmetic skin and body treatments
  • laser hair and tattoo removal
  • hairstyling and barbering

Wellness services include:

  • massage therapy
  • floatation tanks
  • reflexology
  • colonic irrigation

Health, Social, and Professional Services

Regulated health services can remain open by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.

  • physicians, dentists
  • physical therapists
  • optometrists
  • chiropractors
  • hearing aid practitioners
  • acupuncturists
  • naturopaths

Professional services can remain open by appointment only:

  • lawyers
  • mediators
  • accountants
  • photographers

Social services can remain open for in-person services including:

  • social, protective or emergency services
  • shelters for vulnerable persons
  • not-for-profit community kitchens, religious kitchens and soup kitchens

Home-based businesses should follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.

Hotels, Motels, Hunting and Fishing Lodges

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open but must follow restrictions:

  • No spa, pool or gym access
  • No in-person dining (room service only)

Performance Activities

Performance activities include dancing, singing, theatre and playing wind instruments.

Outdoor settings

  • Rehearsals and practices are permitted up to a maximum of 10 participants. Physical distancing and other relevant guidelines must be followed.
  • Performances with audiences are not permitted.

Indoor settings

  • No group performances in indoor settings are permitted.
  • Rehearsals, practices and lessons involving 2 or more are not permitted.

Lessons

  • 1-to-1 in-person lessons are permitted.
  • Virtual lessons are strongly encouraged where possible.

School settings

  • Phys Ed., band and drama classes are permitted to continue
  • Assemblies, performances, concerts, and inter-school games, activities and competitions are not permitted.

Places of worship

  • Indoor group performance activities conducted in a place of worship, such as choir singing and playing music, are permitted provided these are normal activities conducted as part of worship practices and not for the purpose of entertainment.

Sports and Physical Activities

Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta.

  • Outdoor group physical activity, including team sports, must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
    • members of different households must maintain 2 metre distancing at all times
  • Indoor group physical activities are prohibited unless
    • the group only involves members of the same household.
    • the activity involves students at a school or post-secondary institution as part of an education program
    • the activity involves students at a post-secondary institution
  • One-to-one indoor training, such as training with a fitness trainer or coach, is not permitted.

 

 

Alberta's Recovery Plan

Alberta is facing an unprecedented economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global recession and world oil price collapse.

Alberta's Recovery Plan takes bold action to create jobs that get people back to work, build infrastructure and diversify our economy. We are building on our economic strengths to attract investment and position our province for prosperity. It's a plan for today that provides hope for the future.

For more information, visit https://www.alberta.ca/recovery-plan.aspx

Alberta Biz Connect

Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.

Keeping people safe

Personal protective equipment

Connect to PPE suppliers using the websites below. The government is not responsible for products or prices offered on these sites.

Alberta-based businesses that manufacture PPE can find out how to help at Alberta Bits and Pieces.