Alberta Announces New Business Restrictions Starting December 24, 2021

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

New limits on large venues and restaurants come into effect on December 24 at 12:01am.

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities (Effective Dec 24, 2021 at 12:01am)

Indoor facilities that participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program:
  • Must limit capacity to 50% if venue seats more than 1,000 people, and 500 people if venue seats between 500 and 1,000 people.
  • No food and drink consumption in seated audience settings or during intermissions in the above mentioned venues.
  • No capacity or food/drink change for venues under 500 people.
Indoor facilities that do not implement the Restrictions Exemption Program (no change):
  • Limit capacity to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
  • Require attendees to be be with household members only, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.

Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and nightclubs

The following applies to businesses that participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program. Effective Dec 24 at 12:01am):
  • Limit of 10 people maximum per table. No mingling between tables.
  • No interactive activities (For example: dancing, darts, billiards)
  • Liquor service ends at 11pm and must close at 12:30am.
The following applies to businesses that do not implement the Restrictions Exemption Program:
  • Indoor dining is not permitted.
  • Outdoor dining only with a maximum of 6 people per table (one household or 2 close contacts for those living alone)
  • Liquor sales and consumption restrictions apply (sales end at 10pm, consumption by 11pm).

Word of the Day:

Intermission: pause or break (between parts of a play, movie, or concert)

*The information in this post is taken from Alberta Government’s website on December 23, 2021: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx