Alberta Introduces Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Program, New COVID-19 Restrictions (List)

As Alberta is battling skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, Premier Jason Kenney declared a Provincial Health Emergency today.

 

The province will also implement new health measures to expand capacity, increase vaccination rates and reduce transmission of COVID-19.

This includes new restrictions on restaurants, indoor gatherings, weddings and funerals, retail, entertainment venues, and indoor sport and fitness beginning Sept. 20.

Measures in workplaces, indoor private gatherings, places of worship, schools and children’s activities, as well as mandatory masking and physical distancing in all indoor public spaces begin Sept. 16.

The province is also implementing a restrictions exemption program. Starting Sept. 20, businesses or event organizers who choose to implement a program checking patrons for government-issued proof of vaccination or a recent negative privately purchased COVID-19 test will be able to have an exemption to restrictions. If a business or service chooses not to require proof of vaccination, they will be required to adhere to the new health measures.

Albertans can access copies of their COVID-19 vaccination records through MyHealth Records. The province says Albertans should avoid logging into MyHealth Records to download their records as the printable card, which was going to be made available on Sept. 16, will now be available on Sept. 19.

List of new province-wide public health measures:

The following measures will take effect on Sept. 16:

Workplaces:

  • Mandatory work-from-home measures are in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.

Private social gatherings:

  • Indoor private gatherings for vaccine-eligible, fully vaccinated individuals are limited to a single household plus one other household to a maximum of 10 people, with no restrictions on children under the age of 12.
  • Attendance at any indoor private social gathering is not permitted for vaccine-eligible individuals who are unvaccinated.
  • Outdoor private social gatherings are permitted to a maximum of 200 people, with two-metre physical distancing maintained at all times.

Places of worship:

  • Places of worship must limit attendance to one-third fire code capacity.
  • Face masks will be mandatory and there must be two-metre physical distancing between households or two close contacts for those living alone.

Outdoor events and facilities with no indoor portion (excluding washrooms):

  • No attendance restrictions, however two-metre physical distancing must be in place.

Schools (K-12):

  • Mandatory masking for students in grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades. Schools that can implement an alternate COVID safety plan can be exempted from mandatory masking.
  • Elementary schools are to implement class cohorting.
  • For physical activities in schools:
    • Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain two-metre distance when engaged in physical activity.
    • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.
    • Indoor sports/performance/recreation/special interests are permitted with requirements for two-metre physical distancing, where possible.

Children’s sport/performance/recreation (extracurricular sports, performance, recreation and special interest):

  • Indoor activities are permitted, with requirements for two-metre physical distancing and masking where possible, and symptom screening for participants.
  • Youth aged 18 and under are not required to mask or maintain physical distancing during physical activity, such as a team sport.
  • Spectator attendance is limited to one-third of fire code capacity. Attendees must be masked and ensure physical distancing between different households or an individual who lives alone and their two close contacts.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.

Children’s activities:

  • Children’s day camps must have two-metre physical distancing between participants and masking indoors.
  • Children’s overnight camps must follow cohort models.

The following measures will take effect on Sept. 20:

Restaurants:

The following restrictions apply to businesses that do not implement the restrictions exemption program.

  • Indoor dining is not permitted.
  • Outdoor dining only with a maximum of 6 people per table (one household or 2 close contacts for those living alone)
  • Liquor sales and consumption restrictions apply (sales end at 10pm, consumption by 11pm).

Weddings and funerals:

  • All indoor ceremonies and services are limited to 50 attendees or 50 per cent fire code capacity, whichever is less.
  • No indoor receptions are permitted.
    • The hosting facility would be eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
  • All outdoor ceremonies and services for weddings and funerals must be limited to 200 attendees. Outdoor receptions are required to follow liquor sales and consumption restrictions (i.e., sales end at 10 p.m. and consumption ends by 11 p.m.).
    • The hosting facility would be eligible to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.

Retail, Shopping Malls, Food Court:

Retail, shopping malls and food courts are not eligible for the Restrictions Exemption Program as public access is necessary for daily living.

  • Capacity restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
  • Attendees must be with household members only, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.
  • Masks and 2-metre physical distancing is required.

Entertainment, event and recreation facilities

Effective Sept 16th

  • Events and facilities that are fully outdoors (excluding washrooms), have no capacity restrictions but must maintain 2 metres distancing between households or 2 close contact for those living alone.

Effective Sept 20th

  • Indoor facilities that do not implement the Restrictions Exemption Program must follow these restrictions:
    • Capacity limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
    • Attendees must be with household members only, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.

Adult (over 18 years old) sport, fitness, performance, and recreation:

  • The following restrictions apply unless the facility or program implements the restrictions exemption program:
    • Indoor group classes and activities are not permitted.
    • Indoor competitions are paused except where vaccine exemptions have been granted.
    • Indoor one-on-one training and solo activities are allowed with 3 metre physical distancing.
    • Outdoor activities can continue with no restrictions.
  • There are no restrictions on outdoor activities.

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  • 3 Comments

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    1. Gerrit j Van spyker

      What about the hundreds of people who do not have computer or printer to print out these vaccination certificates, like hunters of older retired people

      September 15, 2021 at 8:38 PM
    2. Bruce

      This is insane. The vaccinated are filling up our hospitals just like in Israel unlike what is being reported. This info comes from a nurse I talked to. Health care works are quitting by the thousands instead of taking the shots. They would rather give up their career that take a risk with the shot. THAT tells you all you need to know.. The government is trying to force people against their will to participate in a massive human experiment that has gone terribly wrong. I am naturally immune from having covid and do not require any further protection against covid. The government is not recognizing this for the millions who have recovered. It’s like having measles getting better and then still telling you to get the measles vaccation. That would be deadly. This is not going to end well people.

      September 15, 2021 at 9:13 PM
    3. Nancy

      So those who are vaccinated, who can still get and spread COVID-19, are allowed to roam free and spread it all over the place…….good thinking government!! 5 gold stars for you!!!!🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

      October 5, 2021 at 5:45 PM

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