Canada is Extending Current Border Measures for Travellers entering Canada

Lisa C. Health and wellness, Newcomer Information

On June 29, the Government of Canada extended current border measures for travellers entering Canada until at least September 30, 2022. You must continue to submit your mandatory travel information in ArriveCAN through the free app or web site. You can now save time at the airport by using ArriveCAN to answer customs and immigration questions before your flight lands in Canada. …

Mask Mandate in Alberta Still in Effect for High-Risk Settings

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

As part of the 3-step easing measures, the provincial mask mandate has been lifted since March 1, 2022. Masks are still required in high-risk settings, including: on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13+ at all AHS operated and contracted facilities at all continuing care settings Vaccinated individuals must mask for up to five days following mandatory isolation due …

Mandatory Masking Ends

Noel Daily Life

Many Covid-19 health restrictions from the Government of Alberta have ended this week (beginning on Tuesday March 1st, 2022, onward). This includes removal of the mask requirements in most places, except for public transit and in specified health care settings. Along with the removal of the masking requirements, other restrictions now lifted include, but not limited to: Limits on indoor …

Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response. The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards …

Alberta COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Gradually Lifted

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta public health measures will be lifted gradually in three steps as the fifth wave subsides and pressure on the health-care system eases! Changes for Step 1 go in effect Feb 9: The Restrictions Exemption Program ends Restrictions on sale of food and beverages and consumption while seated in audience settings are removed Restrictions on closing times, alcohol service, table …

Alberta Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

Isolation helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you have symptoms or test positive by staying home and avoiding others. As of January 3, you are legally required to isolate as outlined below: Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, …

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 …

Everyone 18 and Plus Can Book for COVID-19 Booster 5 months after Their 2nd Dose

Lisa C. COVID-19, Updates

Vaccine effectiveness against infection may decline over time – especially with the highly transmissible Omicron variant – but they remain the best way to prevent severe illness and death. Third doses can boost immunity to improve protection and limit spread. Everyone 18 and older can get a third dose 5 months after their second dose. Eligibility: Everyone 18+ can book …

Albertans 50 to 59 and All Health-care Workers Can Now Book A Booster Dose

Lisa C. COVID-19, Health and wellness, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta is expanding the availability of booster doses to protect Albertans and the health-care system against the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Starting December 15, 2021, the following can now book a third dose as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their second dose. Albertans 50 to 59 All health-care workers Keep in mind …

AHS Reintroduced Close Contact Tracing of Omicron Cases

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta Health Services is re-introducing contact tracing for close contacts of those potentially exposed to the Omicron variant to recommend they get a COVID-19 test and to provide further instructions. The Omicron variant is now in Alberta. AHS has announced that contact tracing will take place for all close contacts of cases that are positive with the Omicron variant , …