On May 25, 2021, Alberta released its summer opening plan (opening plan), which eases COVID-19 restrictions in three steps. Each milestone is reached as COVID-19 vaccination goals are met and hospitalizations decrease.
Stage 1 (entered on June 1)
The reopening of Stage 1 in Alberta began on June 1. The objective to enter stage 1 was:
- Two weeks after 50% of Albertans aged 12 and over (born in 2009 or earlier) received at least one dose of the vaccine, and
- When hospitalizations were below 800 and declining.
In Stage 1, distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.
Activities and capacity levels in Stage 1 include:
- Outdoor social gatherings – up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings are still not allowed)
- Outdoor physical, performance and recreational activities – up to 10 remote people, all ages
- Personal and wellness services – reopening, by appointment only
- Funeral services – up to 20 people, excluding facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions are prohibited)
- Wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including celebrant, bride and groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
- Restaurants – meals on the outdoor terrace for up to 4 household members per table, or 3 people if the guests who live alone are with their 2 close contacts
- Retail – 15% of the fire code occupancy (must maintain distance capability)
Stage 2 (expected to be in effect June 10)
Alberta’s Stage 2 is expected to take effect on June 10.
The objective to enter step 2 is:
- Two weeks after 60% of Albertans aged 12 and over (born in 2009 or before) received at least one dose of the vaccine, and
- Hospitalizations are below 500 and declining.
At stage 2:
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect, and
- The home work order is lifted but still recommended.
Activities and capacity levels in step 2 include:
- Outdoor social gatherings – up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings are still not allowed)
- Indoor recreation, entertainment and other places (recreation centers, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) – open to 1/3 of the occupancy of the fire prevention code
- Gyms and fitness studios – open for solo and walk-in activities and indoor fitness classes with a distance of 3 meters
- 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)
- Personal and wellness services – resume walk-in service
- Restaurants – 6 people per table maximum, indoors or outdoors
- Retail – 1/3 of the fire code occupancy (must maintain distance capability)
Step 3 (which should come into effect at the end of June or beginning of July)
Alberta will enter Stage 3 two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12 and older (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In step 3, all restrictions will be lifted, including a ban on social gatherings inside.
The following will remain in place in step 3:
- Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19, and
- Some protective measures in continuing care facilities
Net result for employers
Employers with operations in Alberta are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Opening Plan, the first step of which has recently started. Until then, until Stage 3 of the reopening plan, when all restrictions are lifted, distancing and masking requirements will remain in place.