Alberta moves to stage 2 of relaunch

Michelle Mak Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

On June 9, 2020, Premier Jason Kenney announced that Alberta will be moving forward with stage two of the relaunch. More businesses, sport and recreation services can open if they are ready. Some larger gatherings for seated audience events will be permitted. But regardless of more places opening up, public health guidance and precautions must be followed.

Below are the industries/services that are opening in stage 2:

  • K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
  • Libraries
  • More surgeries
  • Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
  • Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
  • Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
  • Movie theatres and theatres
  • Community halls
  • Team sports
  • Pools for leisure swimming
  • VLTs in restaurants and bars
  • Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
  • Instrumental concerts

Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two:

  • Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties: Maximum 50 people
  • Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies: Maximum 100 people

No cap/maximum on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):

  • Worship gatherings
  • Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls

There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:

  • A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
  • Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
  • Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
  • People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort

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