The Provincial Government of Alberta a recently provided a detailed plan
for re-opening the economy in stages.

The Relaunch Strategy can be downloaded here (12 pages)

For our member businesses, we’re re-posting the highlight charts (pages 9 and 10) of the PDF document for reference.

“Alberta’s relaunch strategy is the next phase in our collective efforts to protect each other. We must continue to work together to manage risk, use common sense and remain vigilant to contain this virus. Each stage of our relaunch will be advanced after careful consideration.” 
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer for Alberta

Enhanced infection prevention and control measures will be in place in all phases.

Stage 1

(as early as May 14)

With increased infection prevention and controls, some businesses and facilities will be allowed to resume operations as early as May 14.

This stage will allow some businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with two metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidance in place. This includes:

Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however how programs are delivered – whether online, in-person, or a blend – will be dependent on what restrictions remain in place at each relaunch phase.

Retail businesses such as clothing, furniture and bookstores.

Some personal services, such as hairstyling and barber shops.

Museums and art galleries.

More scheduled surgeries and dental procedures.

Daycares with limits on occupancy.

Summer camps with limits on occupancy.

This could include summer school.

Cafés, restaurants (minors allowed in liquor-licensed establishments) with no bar service to reopen for public seating at 50 per cent capacity.

Some additional outdoor recreation.

Rules and guidance for the use of masks in crowded spaces, especially on mass transit.

Visitors to patients at health-care facilities will continue to be limited.

Public attendance at businesses, facilities and events that have close physical contact will not be permitted, including: arts and culture festivals, major sporting events, and concerts.

Movie theatres, pools, recreation centres, arena, spas, gyms and nightclubs will remain closed.

Non-essential travel is not recommended.

Remote working is advised where possible.

Stage 2

(timing to be determined based on
health indicators)

Timing of this stage will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering the capacity of the health care system and continued limiting and/or reduction of the rate of infections, hospitalization, and ICU cases.

This stage will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with two metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place. This includes:

Potential Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools with restrictions.


More scheduled surgeries, including backlog elimination.

Personal services such as artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, massage and reflexology.

Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars continuing to operate at reduced capacity.

Permitting of some larger gatherings (number of people to be determined as we learn more about the levels of risk for different activities) in some situations.

Movie theatres and theatres opening with restrictions.


Visitors to patients at health-care facilities will continue to be limited.

Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas will remain closed.

Arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events will continue to not be

Non-essential travel is not recommended.

Stage 3

(timing to be determined based on health indicators)

Timing of this stage is to be determined and will involve:

Fully reopening all businesses and services, with limited restrictions.

Permitting larger gatherings (number of people to be determined).

Arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events will be permitted with enhanced protection controls in place.

Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas will reopen with enhanced protection controls in place.

Physical distancing restrictions will be maintained.

Resuming industry conferences with restrictions.

Non-essential travel no longer discouraged.

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