Alberta on September 15th announced that the province will be introducing a Restriction Exemption Program to combat the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.
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 can continue to operate without restrictions.
All 12+ Albertans and visitors will need to show at least proof of partial vaccination (one dose) from September 20 to October 25 and proof of full vaccination (two doses) starting October 25th. For all 18+, a valid photo identification that matches the vaccine record (valid paper or digital vaccine record) is required to access places participating in the Restriction Exemption Program.
Those who are not vaccinated must show negative Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
Tests must be privately-paid and should not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories. The valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable. Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite are not allowed.
Albertans who cannot take COVID-19 vaccines due to a medical reason can also show the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner.
Alberta has published a detailed list of businesses that can and can not participate in the program:
Places where proof of vaccination is required:
If a business is participating in the program, patrons will need to show one of these: privately purchased negative test, proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption.
The following businesses, entities and organizers are eligible to participate in the province’s Restriction Exemption Program.
- Casinos, Bingo Halls, VLT Lounges
- Entertainment and recreation centres, such as:
- Bowling, racing entertainment, arcades, billiards halls, other similar entertainment
- Museums, art galleries
- Movie theatres
- Conferences, meeting spaces, halls, and rented space (excluding dwelling units)
- Weddings and funerals held in public facilities where the facility maintains responsibility for adherence to these requirements
- Professional sporting or performance events (spectator)
- Private social events held in public facilities where the facility maintains responsibility for adherence to these requirements
- Recreation and fitness facilities
- Adult recreational sport groups (players/participants)
- Recreation classes and activities (outside physical activity)
- Amenities in hotels and condos
Places where proof of vaccination is not required:
- Events in private dwellings
- Retail and shopping malls
- Food courts
- Workers and employees in/on a worksite for the purposes of their employment
- Schools (Kindergarten to Grade 12)
- School curriculum based activities
- Accommodations (e.g., hotel)
- Places of Worship – for faith services
- Health Services
- Personal Services
- Wellness Services
- Publicly-funded post secondary institutions, including cafeterias and residence common areas (PSIs will fall under a separate and sector-specific exemption)
- First Nations College entities:
- Maskwacis Cultural College
- Old Sun Community College
- Red Crow Community College
- University nuhelot’ine thaiyots’i nistameyimakanak Blue Quills
- Yellowhead Tribal College
Those who violate this public order may be subject to a $1,000 fine and can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first time offense.