Alberta is lifting more economic restrictions tied to COVID-19 while delaying others.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced today that as part of reopening Alberta’s economy, restrictions will be eased immediately on indoor fitness and libraries as hospitalizations remain well below 450. Low-intensity group activities, like Pilates, can resume in fitness centres, and libraries can open at 15 per cent capacity.
However, as a cautionary measure, changes to current restrictions for retail, children’s sports, and hotels, banquets, community halls and conference centres have been delayed until Step 3.
Kenney says COVID-19 cases have plummeted in long-term care homes and hospitalizations have dropped, but cases of the variant are worrisome.
What is Open/Allowed Starting March 1, 2021
- Libraries can now open but must limit capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, not including staff.
Indoor fitness (no change to outdoor fitness):
- Unsupervised low-intensity individual and group exercises are now allowed by appointment only.
- Mandatory physical distance of three metres is required between participants, including coaches and trainers, at all times, and masks must be worn at all times by trainers and those participating in low-intensity activities.
- All indoor fitness must be pre-registered – no drop-ins allowed.
- Low-intensity exercises include weightlifting, low-intensity dance classes, yoga, barre and indoor climbing, as well as the low-intensity use of treadmills, ellipticals and related equipment.
- High-intensity activities, including running, spin and high-intensity interval training, continue to be allowed only on a one-on-one with a trainer basis, or training with a household and one trainer.
As part of Step 1, restaurants were able to reopen for dine-in service, gyms were allowed to resume one-on-one fitness training and some restrictions were lifted on youth sports.
Alberta will announce a decision on Step 3 after at least three weeks of evaluation to assess the spread of COVID-19.
— With Files From The Canadian Press