Alberta is gradually relaunching our economy and reopening some businesses and services. The cities of Calgary and Brooks will have a more gradual reopening due to higher cases.
Albertans can and should confidently support Alberta businesses, while continuing to act responsibly and following all public health measures.
- Get the ABTraceTogether mobile app
- Complete COVID-19 information for Albertans
- Updates from the Chief Medical Officer
Last updated: June 2 at 4:00 pm
Cases in Alberta
|In Alberta||In Canada|
|Total cases||7,057 (13 new cases)||92,153|
|In intensive care**||6||-|
Help prevent the spread
All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
Last updated: May 26
Wear a mask
Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs
Medical masks (N95, surgical or procedure masks) must be kept for health care workers and people caring for COVID-19 patients.
Last updated: May 26
Mandatory isolation requirements
Isolation can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Under public health order, you are legally required to isolate for:
- 14 days if you returned from international travel or are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur
- 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
Last updated: April 3 at 4 pm
Unless otherwise identified in public health orders, such as workplaces, places of worship or in restaurants, gatherings of:
- more than 15 people are not allowed in one indoor location
- more than 50 people are not allowed in one outdoor location
All gatherings under these limits must occur in a space that allows for mandated physical distancing of at least 2 metres from each other.
Last updated: May 15 at 3:30 pm
- An official global travel advisory is in effect. Albertans should follow all travel recommendations.
- Avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada and all cruise ship travel.
- Returning travellers must:
- follow mandatory 14-day isolation requirements for international travellers
- check recent domestic and international flights for confirmed cases
- monitor for symptoms
Travel outside Alberta
- Travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until Stage 3 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy.
Travel within Alberta
- Responsible travel to within Alberta is permitted, including to second homes, vacation homes, cabins, cottages, hotels and commercial accommodations, and campgrounds, national and provincial parks
- Check Parks Canada and Alberta Parks for details on restrictions and limited amenities
- Physical distancing and gathering restrictions still apply
Last updated: June 2
Restricted and non-restricted services
Starting May 14, some businesses can resume operations as part of Stage 1 of Alberta's relaunch strategy. Calgary and Brooks will reopen more gradually due to higher cases.
COVID-19 symptoms can be mild and are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses.
- Common symptoms: cough, fever (over 38°C), shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- Other symptoms can include: stuffy nose, painful swallowing, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell in general, new fatigue or severe exhaustion, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye).
- Symptom of serious illness: difficulty breathing or pneumonia.
Last updated: May 4 at 3:30 pm
Alberta has one of the highest testing rates in the world. Testing is a critical element of Alberta's relaunch strategy.
Testing is now available to all Albertans, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not.
The following groups will continue to be prioritized for testing:
- any person exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19
- all close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases
- all workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites
- all workers and residents at long-term care and level 4 supportive living facilities (testing will be rolled out starting the week of May 25 and may not be offered at some locations right away)
- all patients admitted to continuing care or transferred between continuing care and hospital settings
Last updated: May 31 at 9:30 am
How it spreads
COVID-19 is transmitted though tiny droplets of liquid produced by people who have the virus.
These droplets spread by:
- coughing, sneezing, talking, laughing, and singing
- touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth (bath towels, kitchen utensils, door knobs, etc.)
People who have COVID-19 can spread it to others before they start to feel sick.
COVID-19 is not airborne, which means it doesn’t stay in the air long and won’t go very far. But if you are too close to someone with COVID-19 you can get sick by breathing in air that contains droplets with the virus.
We think the virus generally only survives for a few hours on a surface or object, but it may be possible for it to survive several days under some conditions.
Last updated: May 2 at 7:30 pm
COVID-19 can cause serious respiratory illness. Because it is a new virus with no treatment or immunity in people, it is critical for people with any symptoms to stay home and self-isolate to keep it from spreading.
Most people – about 80% – recover without needing special treatment. However, it can cause serious illness in some, and there is a risk of death in severe cases.
While we are still learning about COVID-19, serious illness appears to develop more often in people who are older or have pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes.
There is no vaccine or proven treatment for COVID-19 at this time. The virus is new and different, so needs its own vaccine – which researchers around the world are now working to develop.
Supportive care is being used to treat patients with COVID-19 and some medications are being tested to see if they can help severely ill patients.
Last updated: April 3 at 3:30 pm
COVID-19 vs. Influenza
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses.
Novel coronaviruses, like COVID-19, are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans. This means people have no immunity against it, and it has no vaccine or proven treatment.
COVID-19 vs. Flu
In some ways, COVID-19 is similar to influenza (also known as the flu), but there are also key differences.
- Both cause respiratory disease.
- Both are spread by small droplets from the nose and mouth.
- Neither is spread through the air over long distances and times, unlike the measles.
- COVID-19 does not have a specific vaccine or treatment available.
- COVID-19 does not appear to transmit as efficiently as influenza:
- only people with symptoms seem to be spreading the disease, but symptoms may be very mild, so transmission is possible even if the person is feeling well
- controlling its spread is possible when people with symptoms are isolated
- COVID-19 causes severe disease and mortality in more cases than the flu. On average:
- COVID-19 has resulted in 1 to 2 deaths per 100 cases
- Flu results in 1 death in every 1,000 flu cases
Because COVID-19 can cause serious illness, it is critical to keep it from spreading by having people with symptoms follow mandatory isolation requirements.
Last updated: April 3 at 3:30 pm
Mental health and addiction
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.
Online resources are available if you need advice on handling stressful situations or ways to talk to children.
- Help in Tough Times (AHS)
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19 (CDC)
- Talking with children about COVID-19 (CDC)
- COVID-19 information for young kids and students (PDF, 122 KB)
If you need to talk, call the 24-hour help lines:
Family and sexual violence
If you or someone you know is at risk of family or sexual violence, help is available.
- Call our 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in over 170 languages.
Chat live online with the Family Violence Info Line for support in English (8 am – 8 pm)
- Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence can provide assistance in finding sexual assault support services (9 am – 9 pm daily):
Child neglect and abuse
We’re receiving two types of complaints related to consumer exploitation resulting from COVID-19:
- retail outlet stores raising prices for high-demand products (i.e. toilet paper, hand sanitizer)
- private individuals purchasing mass quantities of supplies and reselling them at an inflated premium
The Consumer Protection Act prevents suppliers from grossly raising prices with no explanation beyond what is reasonable for goods that are readily available.
Unlike commercial sales, the act does not explicitly cover private sales. We urge all Albertans to act with consideration and caution and to find ways to help support each other in this time.
File a consumer complaint
If you see prices for products or services in Alberta skyrocket because of COVID-19, you can report it through our Report-a-Ripoff submission form or by calling 1-877-427-4088.
Cyber security incidents involving malware and fraudulent activities, including identity theft, are being reported across Alberta in the wake of COVID-19.
- Anyone who receives a call asking for credit card information should hang up immediately and call the non-emergency line for local law enforcement.
- Albertans are encouraged to continue to exercise caution when clicking on links or providing personal information to people and organizations that request that information, unsolicited.
Renters and landlords
Protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:
- Rents on residential properties or mobile home sites will not increase while Alberta’s state of public health emergency remains in effect.
- Late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments until June 30 and cannot be collected retroactively for this time.
- Landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while COVID-19 is being managed.
- Landlords cannot issue a termination notice or make an application to recover possession due to non-payment of rent, unless they can demonstrate attempts to create a reasonable rent payment plan, or that the tenant failed to comply with an established payment plan.
- Landlords can still file applications and receive orders for possession if the reason for the eviction is unrelated to rent and/or utility payments, or if a tenant refused to negotiate or comply with a payment plan.
Information regarding entry
Landlords and other individuals, including prospective tenants or purchasers of a property, are not permitted to enter a property if:
- the landlord is sick, isolating or showing any symptoms
- the tenant is sick, isolating or showing any symptoms
- the prospective tenant or purchaser is sick, isolating or showing any symptoms
Landlord access is still permitted if there is an emergency.
In the event of a showing, if a landlord, current tenant and prospective tenant are all healthy, the landlord may enter the property, provided:
- strict physical distancing and sanitizing methods are maintained
- a minimal number of people are present at once
- proper notice is given to the tenant
Last updated: May 1 at 2:45 pm
Banks and credit unions
Alberta credit unions
- Credit union members will have access to a variety of programs and solutions designed to ease difficulties with loan payments and short-term cash flow. Contact your credit union to work out a plan for your personal situation.
ATB Financial customers
- Personal banking customers can apply for a deferral on their ATB loans, lines of credit and mortgages for up to 6 months.
Education property tax freeze
Residential education property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing the 3.4% population and inflation increase added in Budget 2020. This will save households $55 million.
Student loan repayment deferrals
We are implementing a 6 month, interest free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments for all Albertans in the process of repaying these loans.
- Alberta Student Loan repayments will be paused for 6 months, beginning March 30, 2020.
- Interest will not accrue during this period. This mirrors the approach of the Canada Student Loans Program.
- Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
- Borrowers may continue making payments during this period if they choose and this will not affect their eligibility to receive the benefit.
Utility payment deferral
Residential customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments until June 18, 2020 to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider.
- This program is available to Albertans who are experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19, such as those who have lost their employment or had to leave work to take care of an ill family member.
- Call your utility provider directly to arrange for a deferral on all payments until June 18, 2020.
Federal government programs
Albertans may be eligible for financial supports through the federal government:
- Employment Insurance sickness benefits: Provides up to 15 weeks of income replacement if unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): Provides up to $2,000 a month for 4 months.
- AISH and Income Support recipients can exempt a portion without affecting their benefits
- Canada Child Benefit: Eligible parents will receive $300 more per child with their May payment.
- GST Rebate increase: Provides a one-time special payment in May of up to $400 for single people and $600 for couples.
- Eased rules for Registered Retirement Income Funds
Info for vulnerable Albertans and other organizations
Nearly one million Albertans act as caregivers for loved ones experiencing challenges related to illness, disability or aging. These caregivers need support too.
Charities and not-for-profit organizations
$30 million has been committed to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response.
More information on emergency funding for charities and not-for-profit organizations.
Last updated: March 30 at 11:00 am
Disability service providers
Disability service providers play an essential role in supporting people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information see COVID-19 information for disability service providers.
There is currently no evidence to suggest:
- being pregnant increases your risk of getting COVID-19 or having serious complications
- the COVID-19 virus is transmitted to your baby during pregnancy, delivery or through breastmilk
However, there is always an increased risk of preterm or stillbirth with any significant maternal illness.
Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or are worried about leaving your home to attend appointments.
If you aren’t feeling well, take the online assessment to arrange testing
For more information, read the AHS COVID-19 and Pregnancy guide.
Worship leaders are encouraged to continue holding worship services and funerals remotely, but can offer multiple services to reduce attendance to 50 people or one-third of normal attendance, whichever is smaller and whichever ensures physical distancing will be maintained.
For more information, see guidance for places of worship (available in multiple languages)
Last updated: May 13 at 5 pm
Homeless shelters and service providers
Shelters and temporary or transitional housing facilities provide an essential service in Alberta during this time.
- These facilities are exempt from the mass gathering public health order and may provide shelter to more than 15 people – as long as risk mitigation strategies are followed, including maintaining a minimum of 2 metres distance from one another.
- All non-essential gatherings inside these facilities must include no more than 15 people.
- For more information, read:
We are working with community-based organizations, homeless shelters and women’s shelters to:
- update pandemic plans with guidelines and information specific to COVID-19
- expand shelter capacity and help current service providers to maintain physical distancing practices by finding additional space to house people
$30 million has been committed to adult homeless shelters and women’s emergency shelters to support their COVID-19 response.
Last updated: May 26
Seniors and congregate care residents
Government issued public health orders to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, among seniors and vulnerable groups for the following settings:
- Long-term care facilities
- Licensed supportive living facilities, including seniors lodges and group homes
- Licensed residential addiction treatment centres (under the Mental Health Services Protection Act)
Last updated: April 15 at 5:35 pm
Volunteers play many important roles in communities across our province.
Volunteers and volunteer organizations must follow all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to protect themselves and those they help.
- Volunteer organizations may have more than 15 volunteers and/or employees in one location.
- Volunteers and employees may work together at distances of less than 2 metres, where unavoidable.
- Volunteer organizations must take actions to prevent the transmission of infection among employees, volunteers and the people they are helping.
- Proper hygiene and cleaning practices must be followed within the volunteer organization.
- Any employee or volunteer with symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat, is required by law to isolate and may not participate in volunteer or workplace activities.
Information for non-health care volunteers (PDF, 43 KB)
Schools and daycares
Child care and preschools
- Daycares and out-of-school cares have begun reopening with limits on occupancy.
- Preschools are able to reopen as of May 28.
- Home-based child care with 6 or fewer children (not including the caregiver’s own children) can continue operating as long as safety measures are in place.
- Operations must resume with increased infection prevention and control measures to minimize the risk of increased transmission of infections.
Last updated: May 28 at 6:45 pm
- All classes in K to 12 schools are cancelled for the 2019-20 school year
- All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled through to the end of June
- School authorities will offer at-home learning opportunities for all kindergarten to Grade 12 students
- Each student will get final grades and a report card appropriate to their grade level
- High school students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate
We created a help line and email for parents of students, particularly those with disabilities during COVID 19 and at home learning:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
- Record of decision by the chief medical officer of health (March 16, 2020)
- COVID-19 information for young kids and students (PDF, 122 KB)
Last updated: May 6 at 12 pm
In-person classes may resume, with restrictions, effective May 14, 2020. In the cities of Calgary and Brooks, in-person classes may not resume until June 1, 2020. Post-secondary institutions are encouraged to continue to hold classes remotely and limit in-person attendance on campus as much as possible.
Most schools are making decisions about course delivery for this fall. Contact your post-secondary institution, or visit their website, for more detailed information.
Last updated: May 27 at 10 am
Support the Alberta Bits and Pieces Program
Submit your offers of products or services to the Alberta Bits and Pieces Program if you're interested in supporting the COVID-19 response.
If there is a requirement for your product or service, you will be contacted by a representative of the Government of Alberta.
The program is named after the “bits and pieces program” established by Canada’s Minister of Munitions and Supply during the Second World War, C. D. Howe. The program coordinated innovative production and procurement efforts from across the Canadian economy to support the war effort.
Alberta government action plan
The Alberta government is taking action to protect the safety, security and economic interests of Albertans amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Last updated: May 31 at 5 pm
Public health actions
Alberta’s public health officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Canada and around the world. They are:
- working closely with federal, provincial and territorial partners to share information and assess potential health risks
- ensuring our health system is responding effectively
- ensuring front-line health professionals have information about the virus so they can:
- take recommended actions
- promptly report potential cases to public health officials
- updating isolation and self-monitoring recommendations for returning travellers as required
- tracing all close contacts of confirmed cases, testing and isolating those who are symptomatic, and asking even those who feel well to isolate for 14 days after their last contact with the case
- granting law enforcement the authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines to anyone violating a public health order
- protecting Albertans in congregate care facilities by updating standards and guidelines
- making testing available to all Albertans with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat)
Updated: April 15 at 11 am
Government service changes
Temporary office closures
Some Alberta government office locations have temporarily closed to the public.
To find out how to access affected government services, visit the program's web page or call Alberta Connect at 310-4455 from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
Registry agents are providing select services by phone, secure email, fax or mail to reduce the number of Albertans who need to visit in person.
As of April 28, the following registry services are available through alternative delivery methods:
- All corporate registry services (available by fax or email)
- All personal property registry services (available by fax or email)
- Select motor vehicles services (available by telephone, fax, mail or email with secure encryption)
- Driver’s licence services:
- Renewal (one year with existing photo)
- Exchange (address change)
- Condition Code maintenance
- Provide audit control number (barcode number on the licence – sometimes required to access services online that require identification)
- Vehicle registration services:
- Duplicate registration certificate
- Replacement validation tab (expiry date sticker on licence plate)
- Exchange licence plate
- Transfer registration to a new vehicle
- Specialty plate order (Support our Troops, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers)
- Driver’s abstract
- Vehicle Information Report
- Payment on account, including fine payments
- In-transit permits
- Appeal applications for Alberta Transportation Safety Board
- Driver’s licence services:
Last updated: April 28 at 11 am
Driver’s licence and vehicle registration extension expiration
Alberta driver’s licences, vehicle registrations and other permits or certificates that expired prior to May 15 must now be renewed.
Driver road tests
Driver road tests remain suspended. We continue working on a plan to resume testing in a safe manner.
Cancelled road tests can be rebooked online at no additional charge once it is safe to resume testing.
Updated: May 20 at 5 pm
Medical exam changes
Drivers who require a medical evaluation to apply or renew their licence now have 90 days from the date of renewal or issuance to provide their completed medical form.
This will reduce the current strain on the healthcare system. Medically, high risk drivers will still be required to present their medical evaluation at the time of their application or renewal.
See Medical conditions and driving for more information.
Corporate Registry changes
Corporate Registry changes
In keeping with public gathering restrictions, deadlines are suspended for corporations, partnerships, cooperatives and non-profit organizations to hold annual general meetings and file their annual returns
These groups will remain active in Alberta, and will not have their corporations, partnerships, cooperatives or non-profit organizations dissolved due to failing to file annual returns.
Court and justice services changes
The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal are limiting services to essential and urgent functions.
Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
There are changes at the court because of COVID-19. Read more at Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench information.
Provincial Court of Alberta
There are changes at the court because of COVID-19. Read more at Provincial Court of Alberta information.
Alberta Court of Appeal
There are changes at the court because of COVID-19. Read more at Alberta Court of Appeal information.
Regular updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health.
Protecting families and the economy
Alberta COVID-19 Information sheets (PDF):
- English | French | Arabic | Traditional Chinese | Simplified Chinese | Hindi | Korean | Punjabi | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Urdu | Vietnamese |
- Guide for people with disabilities (PDF, 115 KB)
- Information for young kids and students (PDF, 122 KB)
Government of Canada COVID-19 updates:
- Update 81: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 2)
- Update 80: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 1)
- Update 79: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 31)
- Update 78: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 30)
- Update 77: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 29)
- Update 76: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 28)
- Update 75: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 27)
- Update 74: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 26)
- Update 73: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 25)
- Update 72: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 24)
- Update 71: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 23)
- Update 70: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 22)
- Update 69: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 21)
- Update 68: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 20)
- Expanded mental health supports for Albertans (May 30, 2020)
- 20 million masks to be distributed to Albertans | Vingt millions de masques seront distribués à la population albertaine (May 29, 2020)
- New tool available for commercial rent feedback | Nouvel outil pour les commentaires sur les loyers commerciaux (May 25, 2020)
- More health services for Albertans | Un plus grand nombre de services de santé offerts à la population albertaine (May 22, 2020)
- Calgary and Brooks to relaunch more businesses (May 22, 2020)
- Strengthening safety measures for travellers (May 20, 2020)
- Strong protection for vulnerable seniors (May 19, 2020)
- Additional relief for tourism industry (May 19, 2020)
- Know before you go this holiday weekend | À savoir avant de partir cette longue fin de semaine (May 15, 2020)
- Alberta is ready for relaunch | L'Alberta est prête pour la relance (May 13, 2020)
- COVID-19 funding for infrastructure: Minister Panda (May 13, 2020)