May 26th, 2020
It is a challenging time in the world as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, our communities and travel world-wide.
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.
Alberta has announced that it will be entering a phased approach to reopening the economy, with a limited amount of businesses being allowed to reopen on May 14th, 2020. Phase 1 launch is currently underaway, with updates for Phase 2 being closely monitored. Please check back for further updates on Phase 2. 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 first phase of reopening. The details we do have from the Province can be found in Alberta's full COVID-19 relaunch strategy. In Calgary, places like retail stores, clothing, furniture and books stores, farmer's markets, museums and art galleries and daycares have opened on May 14th, with some restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes will reopening on May 25, and they will operate at 50 per cent capacity. Hair salons and barbershops have also reopened on May 25 in Calgary.
We are committed to keeping this information up-to-date to help travellers make the best possible decisions.
Alberta Provincial Parks Update
Effective May 1, vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas in Alberta provincial parks and on public land is open. This means in addition to walking or biking in, you can also leave your vehicle in a designated parking space. The province has opened the online campground reservation system on May 14, allowing for bookings at select campgrounds starting June 1. Campsites will be limited to Albertans only, for the time being. Starting June 1, some Parks Canada
places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly.
The Latest Information you need to know About your Visit to Banff National Park
Parks Canada is working in collaboration with the towns, stakeholders and tourism organizations on an approach regarding the resumption of services in Banff National Park. The public is encouraged to stay close to home and avoid unnecessary travel to Banff National Park at this time.
Contact Alberta Parks
or Public Lands with any questions or comments related to Alberta Environment and Parks response to COVID-19.