Calgary COVID-19 Updates

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Calgary COVID-19 Updates

September 15, 2020

Alberta city councilors made a major announcement on July 21 in the hopes of controlling the spread of the virus. As of August 1, it will be mandatory in Calgary to wear a mask in most public places. Under the temporary bylaw, face coverings must now be worn on all buses and trains, in taxis, Ubers, and at grocery stores, shops and malls. Places like schools, daycares, or multi-family buildings, as well as most bars or restaurants (while dining) was not included in the temporary bylaw. Calgary city council voted on Monday, September 14 to continue to keep the mandatory mask mandate in place until the next review in December.

We are committed to keeping this information up-to-date to help travellers make the best possible decisions. 

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Provincial and National Parks Information

Alberta Provincial Parks Update

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and services. As of June 1, 2020, visitors are welcomed back to Banff National Park with safety being a priority. Access will be focused on the resumption of autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings and include the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

Park gates are open and payment is required for those who do not have a valid Discovery Pass. Visitors who had Discovery Pass which was valid in March, Parks Canada will automatically extend the expiry date by 4 months to cover the closure period. Parks Canada will not be offering reservable shuttles for the 2020 season including shuttles to Lake O’Hara, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. All shuttle reservations, including the Lake O’Hara application fee, will be refunded in full. 

To ensure the safety of visitors, residents and staff, Parks Canada is taking a phased approach to restoring access to the park. In doing so, physical distancing for the public remains a critical requirement in all areas of the park. While some of the restrictions and closures implemented in the park to date as a result of Covid-19 have been lifted, others will remain in effect at this time.

Businesses in Banff and Lake Louise are reopening every day, but some may function differently than they have in the past.

  • Call ahead or check the business' website to confirm they're open, and to what capacity they are operating.
  • Plan your outing knowing that businesses may be operating differently. Dining rooms may have less capacity as they implement physical distancing measures.
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Public Health Official Resources

Please refer to the following sources for the most current information around COVID-19:

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Events Cancellations and Postponements

All public events have been cancelled until August 31, 2020 due to COVID-19. 

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Hotels and Airline 

For hotel and airline inquires please contact the original booking source, or if you booked directly with the provider please visit the links below for updates and cancellation policies. 

Accommodations

Airlines

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Visitor Resources

Learn what to do if you recently returned to Alberta from outside Canada and refer to the Government of Alberta for updated travel advice.

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to isolate for:

  • 14 days if they returned from travel outside Canada or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • 10 days if they have any COVID-19 any symptoms which are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat

All travellers returning from outside Canada are:

  • legally required to isolate for 14 days, and
  • monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • If you become sick during this time, you must isolate for at least 10 additional days from all other members of your household from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer

Currently, Alberta has no inter-provincial domestic travel restrictions. However, as per Phase Two of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy, non essential travel is not advised. Please click here for more information.

Call Health Link 811 at the first signs of symptoms before going to a health care facility, unless severely ill.

Visit Alberta Health Services for more information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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