Alberta Closes All Non-Essential Services

imagePremier Jason Kenney announced that as a result of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at certain businesses and organizations across the province will be prohibited effective immediately.

Premier Jason Kenney said, “This was a difficult decision to make, but we must do everything we can to protect the safety of Albertans and limit the spread of COVID-19. Grocery stores, pharmacies, delivery services and other essential businesses will continue to provide Albertans with the goods and services they need, and we’ll look to Alberta’s business leaders to find innovate ways to continue remote operations and protect jobs. These businesses must do everything they can to safeguard the well-being of the hardworking employees on the front lines.”

Albertans are prohibited from accessing close contact personal services, including personal services facilities, cosmetic enhancement services, wellness studios and clinics, non-emergency and non-critical health services.


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  • Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computer and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.
  • Close contact businesses including hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services, as well as wellness studios and clinics and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
  • Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer dine-in service.

List of Personal services (to be closed)

Personal services facilities and cosmetic enhancement services include:

  • esthetics
  • manicure
  • pedicure
  • body waxing
  • make-up
  • body, nose and ear piercing
  • tattoos
  • artificial tanning and spray tanning
  • hairstyling
  • barbering
  • facial treatments
  • eyebrow and eyelash treatments
  • laser hair and tattoo removal
  • cosmetic skin and body treatments

Wellness studios and clinics include:

  • floatation tanks
  • colonic irrigation
  • massage
  • reflexology

Non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals include any non-emergency or non-urgent:

  • dentistry
  • physiotherapy
  • massage
  • foot care and podiatry
  • acupuncture and acupressure
  • chiropractic services
  • naturopathy

List of essential services.

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