Alberta Enters Step 2 to Further Ease Restrictions

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The Alberta government is careful not to lift COVID-19 restrictions too quickly. On February 8, Alberta entered Step 1 to ease COVID-19 restrictions. On March 1, to further ease restriction, the province officially entered Step 2. For Step 2, the benchmark to ease restrictions is 450 hospitalizations and declining. Updated health measures affect indoor fitness activities and public libraries: Indoor …

Health Canada Approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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Health Canada has recently approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. After thorough, independent reviews of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the vaccine meets Canada’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements. The first shipment of half a million doses of these vaccines will arrive within weeks. The vaccines are authorized for use in people over 18 years of age. …

Quarantining in Government-Authorized Hotels

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In early February, the Canadian government announced stricter border measures and new restrictions to international travel to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. Air travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, travellers, unless …

Canada Expands Restrictions to International Travel

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Be ready for new measures when you return to Canada by both land and air! For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some exceptions, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 …

Plus 15 Partially Reopens as Alberta Enters Step 1

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The Plus 15 network includes 83 bridges and nearly 16 km of sheltered pedestrian walkways. In the winter months, the Plus 15 network keeps us from the extreme cold while helping us easily navigate from building to building in downtown Calgary. Due to COVID-19 concerns, Plus 15 access has been on and off since last March. Effective Feb. 8, 2021, …

Alberta Enters Step 1 to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

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Restriction changes to outdoor gatherings, funerals and personal services came into effect earlier in January. The Alberta government is very careful not to lift COVID-19 restrictions too quickly. Today (February 8), Step 1 restriction changes are officially effective. For Step 1, the benchmark to ease restrictions is 600 hospitalizations and declining. The following changes to Business and service restrictions are …

New Investments to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Production

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that the Canadian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Novavax to pursue the production of its COVID-19 vaccine at the National Research Council of Canada’s Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Montréal. The Prime Minister also announced investments to support vaccine, therapeutic, and biomanufacturing projects in Canada: Up to $25.1 million to Precision …

Second Instalment of the Safe Return to Class Fund

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced the second instalment of the Safe Return to Class Fund, which will make sure our kids and their teachers have what they need to stay safe during this tough school year. The second instalment of up to $1 billion is provided to the provinces and territories to be used for supporting adapted …

Canada Further Strengthens Strict Border Measures

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced that the Canadian government is strengthening the nation’s border measures to help fight the pandemic. Starting from January 31, 2021, non-essential trips to sun destinations – Mexico and the Caribbean – will be cancelled until April 30. To better control international flights, starting this week, all international passenger flights must land at …

Updates on International Border Testing Pilot Program

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We have mentioned about International Border Testing Pilot Program in a previous article: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/11/04/details-on-international-border-testing-pilot-program/ There have been some updates since then. As of January 7 Travellers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (either paper or electronic) to an airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. As of January 25 Border pilot participants must now remain in …