Public Health Orders

On June 12, 2020, Alberta moved into Stage 2 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

Events and gatherings can be larger in stage 2

  • 50 people maximum: indoor social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
  • 100 people maximum: outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding and funeral ceremonies
  • No cap on the number of people (with public health measures in place):
    • worship gatherings
    • restaurant, cafes, lounges and bars
    • casinos
    • bingo halls
  • More flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep 2 metres apart:
    • households can increase their close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
    • performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
    • sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
    • people can be part of a sports/performing cohort and a household cohort at the same time

If you violate this public health order and proceed to hold an event with more attendees, you may be subject to a fine.

Recreation and entertainment

Many public recreation facilities and private entertainment facilities are permitted to open in Phase 2 as per Public Health Guidelines. For a more inclusive listing see the What is open? What is closed? 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 June 12, 2020, cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can open with full capacity provided physical distancing is maintained. 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

Personal services (esthetics, cosmetics skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, artificial tanning) are all allowed to open with restrictions, 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)