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:
- 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.