September 15, 2020
It is a challenging time in the world as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, our communities and travel world-wide.
The situation around COVID-19 in Calgary is being effectively monitored, controlled and treated by the Public Health Agency of Canada
and Alberta Health Services.
These efforts are in collaboration with the World Health Organization
and other international partners as new information around COVID-19 becomes available.
Our focus needs to be on taking care of our health and each other. We have compiled resources for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and how to take the necessary precautions, as well as how COVID-19 is impacting Calgary businesses and experiences. Businesses around Calgary have implemented extra precautionary measures to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 for all staff and patrons. These measures include physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and directional markers on floors for patrons. Please refer to the City of Calgary
for more details on safety measures being taken by local businesses
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.
Alberta announced that it will be entering a phased approach to reopening the economy, with the province entering into Phase 2 of the relaunch effective June 12, 2020. There is a significant amount of work happening behind the scenes to clarify the unknowns and to support businesses as they prepare to enter the second phase of reopening. The details we do have from the Province can be found in Alberta's full COVID-19 relaunch strategy. Please check back for further updates on Phase 3.
In Calgary, places like retail stores, clothing, furniture and books stores, farmer's markets, museums and art galleries and daycares reopened on May 14, with some restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes will reopening on May 25. Hair salons and barbershops have also reopened as of May 25 in Calgary. As of June 1, funeral homes, day camps & summer schools were able to reopen. Places of worship have also been allowed to open with appropriate controls in place.
What has Opened With Restrictions in Phase 2
Phase 2 will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations June 12 with 2 metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place.
Business operators, sport and recreation services can determine if they are ready to open and ensure all guidance for workplaces is met.
- K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
- more surgeries
- wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
- personal services (esthetics, cosmetics skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, artificial tanning)
- movie theatres and theatres
- community halls
- team sports
- indoor recreation, fitness and sports, including gyms and arenas
- pools for leisure swimming
- VLTs in restaurants and bars
- bingo halls and casinos (but not table games)
- instrumental concerts
- provincial campgrounds at full capacity
Events and Gatherings can be Larger in Phase 2
- 50 people maximum: indoor social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
- 100 people maximum: outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding and funeral ceremonies
- No cap on the number of people (with public health measures in place):
- worship gatherings
- restaurant, cafes, lounges and bars
- bingo halls
- More flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep 2 metres apart:
- a household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
- performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
- sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
- people could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort.
Still not Approved in Phase 2
- social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
- regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
- major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
- hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
- major sporting events and tournaments
- non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended – this won't be lifted until Phase 3 of the relaunch strategy
The success of Phase 2 will determine when Alberta progresses to Phase 3. Factors are active cases, health-care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates.
We are committed to keeping this information up-to-date to help travellers make the best possible decisions.