April 6: Alberta to Return to Step 1, Closing Indoor Dining April 9th


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Premier Jason Kenney has announced that Alberta will return to Step 1 effective 11:59 p.m. April 6.

This means that libraries will close, only one-on-one training will be permitted in fitness gyms, dance studios and skating rinks.

Effective at noon on Friday, April 9, restaurants will be restricted to providing only takeout, delivery and patio service.

Announcing the restrictions, Premier Jason Kenney said, “We are taking strong action to stop the third wave from threatening our health system and the health of thousands of Albertans. The rapid rise in cases, especially variants of concern, makes this a critical time to stop the spread. These measures will buy us some time for additional COVID-19 vaccines to arrive and take effect so we can once again start safely easing restrictions as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile, Alberta has announced that all Albertans born in 2005 or earlier with eligible underlying health conditions including pregnant women can book appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine at participating pharmacies or with Alberta Health Services (AHS) online or by calling 811 starting April 7th.

What is allowed:


Public health measures come into effect starting 11:59 p.m. on April 6:

  • Retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers. This includes individual stores and common areas.
  • Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for activities permitted under Step 1, such as:
    • wedding ceremonies up to 10 people
    • funeral services up to 20 people
  • Individual or household one-on-one training only in fitness centres, with a trainer, is permitted. All indoor fitness must be scheduled or by appointment – no drop-ins allowed.

Public health measures come in effect starting noon on Friday, April 9:

  • Starting April 9th, Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for outdoor patio dining, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only. Liquor service should end at 10 pm. and Patio dining must close by 11 pm.
  • Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges remain open, but must follow restrictions – no spas, pools or in-person dining (room services only).

What is closed:


Credit: Your Alberta/YouTube

  • Libraries must close effective April 6th 11:59 p.m.
  • No sports games, competitions, team practise or league play of any kind is allowed.
  • Indoor dining in restaurants and pubs to close effective noon April 9th.
  • Adult performance activities are not permitted. Performance activities include dancing, singing, acting, playing a musical instrument, and any rehearsal or theatrical performance.

Restrictions remaining the same:

  • All places of worship will continue to be limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.
  • Museums and nightclubs will remain closed.
  • Indoor social gatherings continue to be prohibited.
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 participants, provided physical distancing and other measures continue to be followed.
  • Personal and wellness services can be open for appointment only. This includes hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos and piercing.
  • Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, child care, and not-for-profit community kitchens or charitable kitchens can remain open for in-person attendance.
  • K-12 schools and post-secondary children’s sport and performance activities, such as physical education classes, can now use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.
  • Lessons, practices and conditioning activities, but not games, may occur for indoor team-based minor sports/activities and school athletics.
    • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, excluding coaches or trainers.
    • Maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants.
    • Participants must stay physically distanced from each other at all times.

Note to Readers: Earlier article erroneously mentioned that Alberta will return to Step 1 effective April 7 at 12:01 a.m.

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    1. Sarah Burton

      Are you joking when is this going to end! Have you seen how many places have opened back up no restrictions no masks, and covid just disappeared! Stop ducking Trudeau’s dick and actually open alberta back up!

      You are going to have some very angry people coming soon if you don’t smarten up

      April 7, 2021 at 11:50 AM
    2. Clancy

      What joke this is scamvid 19 and the scamdemick where 99.99999 of the population does not have the virus and 99.99999999999999999 percent of the people who catch the virus get over it . That’s what the immune system does fights viruses and bacteria. The death rate across the world and in every region of the world is in the multiple zeroes you just have to divide the deaths by the population base . Total BS what’s going on . We have 60 trillion gut bacteria 380 trillion viruses in us at any given time we are walking germ factories which we are suppose to be . Wake up people the body needs vitamins and minerals not drugs and vaccines . Thousands of virologists and other medical professionals are again this nonsense . Do not take the vaccine it’s a experimental biological agent . The body is not meant to put chemicals and metals in it . Wise the hell up .

      April 8, 2021 at 11:59 AM
    3. John petrus

      It’s pretty difficult for our government to see anything when he has his head shoved up his a** not only does he punish all Canadians but is not getting to the root cause of the spread. Let’s look at the border issue you fly home from a winter vacation and get punished and pay $2,000 (get worst treatment than our prisoners) but yet you can drive home from your vacation, travel through every state, high five or sleep with whomever, spend 1 to 30 days of travel ( even some are taking taxis to border and walking across) and told to go home and quarantine, yet those flying home have the $2,000 fine. I think this is fair don’t you? Let’s stop the cash grab and unfair practices and get to the root cause. Equal treatment for all Canadians would be a first look at. Let’s us all support our local small business owners.
      Let’s install polling stations at our airport as a first measure. Cannot wait until Election Day.

      April 10, 2021 at 2:59 PM

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