Public Health Orders

On May 14, 2020, Alberta moved into Stage 1 of the Provincial Relaunch Strategy. This information is only current at the time of writing and can change daily. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada and Alberta Health websites.

Mandatory mass gathering restrictions

Events

Indoor events with more than 15 people and outdoor events with more than 50 people are prohibited in Alberta. If you violate this public health order and proceed to hold an event with more attendees, you may be subject to a fine. This includes:

  • conferences
  • workshops
  • family events, such as weddings
  • social gatherings

Under Stage 1 of the Relaunch Strategy, places of worship and funeral services are permitted provided they follow sector-specific guidelines.

Cancel gatherings with fewer than 15 people indoors or 50 people outdoors if the event:

  • includes any attendees travelling from outside of Canada
  • has, as its focus, attendees that are members of critical infrastructure or critical service roles (e.g. healthcare workers, first responders, electric/power workers, telecommunications)
  • includes attendees from demographic groups at greater risk of severe disease, such as people 60 years of age or older and individuals with chronic medical conditions
  • has attendees participating in activities that promote disease transmission (e.g. singing, cheering, close contact, sharing food or beverages, buffet style meals)
  • is in a space that does not allow for recommended social distancing (at least 6 feet between attendees)
Recreation and entertainment

Many public recreation facilities and private entertainment facilities are closed as per Public Health Guidelines. For a more inclusive listing see the What has changed section.

The 15-person limit does not apply to public transit, providing 2 metres of physical distancing is observed. The use of personal protective masks is strongly recommended in situations where physical distancing isn't possible. 

Restaurants, cafes and bars

Beginning May 14, 2020, cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can open with 50 per cent capacity for table service only. Take-out, delivery and drive-through service is still permitted.

Not-for-profit community kitchens, soup kitchens and religious kitchens are exempt at this time, but risk mitigation strategies must be followed.

Personal Services

Some businesses that provide personal services such as hair stylists and barber shops are permitted to open under Stage 1 of the relaunch strategy, provided they meet sector-specific guidelines. Albertans are encouraged to reach out to businesses to inquire as to their opening plans.  

View the Alberta Government's full list of restrictions.

Self-Isolation

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people.

Who is required to self-isolate?

Travellers and close contacts of confirmed cases:

You are legally required to self isolate for 14 days if you:

  • returned from travel outside of Canada after March 12, or
  • are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (provides care, lives with or has close physical contact, or comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids)

If you become sick during this time, you must self-isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.

Albertans with symptoms: You are legally required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. Self-isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

How do I self-isolate successfully?

Self-isolation guidelines can be found on the Alberta government website: https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx.

What are the consequences of not self-isolating?

If you violate public health orders you may be subject to a fine. Community Peace Officers and police will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Fines administered through these tickets are $1,000 per occurrence. Courts are able to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence or for more serious violations.

What should I do if I know someone is not self-isolating when they are legally required to?
  • Take proper precautions and distance yourself from the person to limit your risk of exposure if they have symptoms
  • Remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk
  • Complaints may be submitted online via https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
Where can I learn more about self-isolation and enforcement?

Details regarding mandatory self-isolation can be found on the Alberta government’s website:

Enforcement

If you violate a public health order you may be subject to a fine.

If you are concerned an individual or establishment is not following public health orders, you can submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors. To submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/

If you witness a high-risk situation which you believe requires more urgent response, please contact the RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575.

How to report non-compliance with mandatory Public Health Orders

Public Health Orders and Enforcement during COVID-19 (pdf)