New Mandatory Public Health Measures

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

On November 24, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced new public health measures for the province of Alberta. These new measures are implemented for at least the next three weeks in hopes of addressing the growing number of cases. Please find below a quick summary of the new health measures, for more in-depth description of these measures, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Gathering Restrictions

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings
    • No indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting (private homes, public spaces or workplaces)
    • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people and must not have an indoor component
    • Festivals and events are prohibited (indoors and outdoors)
  • Weddings and funerals
    • Maximum of 10 people for wedding ceremonies or funeral services
    • Receptions are not permitted
  • Places of worship
    • Places of worship with a maximum of 1/3 normal attendance and held at normal location, including rental spaces like a community hall
  • Mask requirements
    • Masks are mandatory in all indoor workplaces, except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or an appropriate barrier is in place
  • Employers to allow working from home
    • Working from home should be considered, where possible.
  • K-12 Schools
    • Grades 7 – 12: Move to at home learning from November 30 – January 11
    • Kindergarten – Grade 6: Move to at-home learning after the winter break until January 11


Business and service restrictions

  • Businesses closed for in-person service
    • Banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, auditoria and concert venues, non-approved/licensed markets, community centres
    • Children’s play places or indoor playgrounds
    • All levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur). Exemptions may be considered.
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges open with restrictions
    • Maximum of 6 people from the same immediate household at a table and no movement between tables.
    • Only seated eating and drinking is permitted. No other services or entertainment will be allowed, including billiards, games or darts.
    • Liquor can be sold until 10 pm and food-serving establishments must close to in person-dining at 11 pm. Liquor sales apply to casinos, but casinos are not required to close at 11 pm.
  • Businesses and services open with restricted capacity
    • Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
  • Businesses open by appointment only
    • Personal services, wellness services, professional services, private one on one lessons and hotels/motels/hunting & fishing lodges cannot have walk in services.

For more information, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx