Alberta to enter Stage 3 on July 1

Alberta's Open for Summer Plan safely eases restrictions in 3 stages as vaccination targets are reached and hospitalizations decline.

Alberta entered Stage 2 on June 10, and has met the threshold to enter Stage 3 on July 1.

All current restrictions remain in effect until July 1. Continue following public health measures and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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  • STAGE 1

    Target: 50% first dose + <800 hospitalizations and declining

    Moved to Stage 2 on June 10
  • STAGE 2

    Target: 60% first dose + <500 hospitalizations and declining

    We are here
  • STAGE 3

    Target: 70% first dose

    Starting July 1

Alberta's Open for Summer Plan

This 3-stage roadmap outlines how restrictions will ease while protecting the health-care system and increasing vaccination rates in the province.

COVID-19 transmission will continue to be monitored. If required, a stage may be paused to respond to trends at regional or provincial levels. Sustained reopening will require Albertans to get fully vaccinated with 2 doses during the summer to prevent future spread.

These restriction changes apply provincewide. Additional details will be released before each stage.

  • Stage 1 reopening started June 1

    Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose, and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Took effect June 1.

    • Places of worship – 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
    • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
    • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people, all ages
    • Personal and wellness services – re-open, by appointment only
    • Funeral services – up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
    • Wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
    • Restaurants – outdoor patio dining for up to 4 household members per table, or 3 people if diners who live alone are with their 2 close contacts
    • Retail - 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
    • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
  • Stage 2 reopening started June 10

    Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose, and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Took effect June 10.

    • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
    • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) – open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy
    • Gyms and fitness studios – open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
    • Funeral services – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
    • Wedding ceremonies – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
    • Places of worship – 1/3 of fire code occupancy
    • Personal and wellness services – resume walk-in service
    • Post-secondary – resume in-person learning
    • Restaurants – 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
    • Retail – 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
    • Youth activities (day camps, overnight camps, play centres) – resume with restrictions
    • Youth and adult sports – resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
    • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) – up to 150 people
    • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) – 1/3 seated capacity
    • Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
    • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
  • Stage 3 reopening starting July 1

    Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Effective July 1.

    • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.
    • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain.
    • The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.
    • More information will be shared prior to the start of Stage 3.

Current restrictions

Gathering, business and recreation restrictions apply provincewide, including communities with lower active cases.

The following restrictions remain in place until Alberta enters Stage 3 on July 1.

Gathering restrictions

  • Indoor social gatherings

    Mandatory – Reviewed May 5

    Provincewide restriction

    • All indoor gatherings are prohibited – public and private.
      • close contacts are limited to household members only
      • people who live alone can have up to 2 close contacts:
        • these must be the same 2 contacts throughout the duration of the restriction
        • if the close contacts do not live alone, visits cannot be held at their home
        • single parents who only live with their children under 18 can have up to 2 close contacts

    Restrictions do not apply

    • Co-parenting arrangements
    • Home maintenance and repairs
    • Mutual support group meetings
    • Service visits from caregivers, health or childcare providers:
      • childcare can include providing post-partum support for new mothers
      • parents are allowed to remain in the home while another person is there to provide childcare services
  • Outdoor social gatherings

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restriction

    • 20 people maximum for all outdoor social gatherings.

    Additional safety measures

    • Mandatory physical distancing must be maintained at all times between members of different households.
    • Outdoor gatherings must not have an indoor component (movement in/out of homes is not permitted).
  • Funerals

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Funeral services and receptions – 20 people maximum, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.
    • Receptions are permitted outdoors only.

    Additional safety measures

    • Mandatory physical distancing between households remains in effect.
    • Mask use is mandatory for indoor services.
    • Maximum limits apply to:
      • any facility, including places of worship and funeral homes
      • seated or non-seated events
  • Weddings

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Wedding ceremonies and receptions – 20 people maximum including the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers.
    • Receptions are permitted outdoors only.

    Additional safety measures

    • Mandatory physical distancing between households remain in effect
    • Mask use is mandatory for indoor services
    • The maximum limit applies to:
      • any facility, including places of worship
      • seated or non-seated events
  • Places of worship

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restriction

    • Indoor faith service attendance is limited to 1/3 of fire code occupancy.
    • Outdoor faith service attendance is limited to 150 people.

    Additional safety measures

    • Virtual, online or drive-in services where people do not have to leave their vehicles are recommended.
    • Mandatory physical distancing between households must be maintained.
    • Mask use is mandatory for indoor services:
      • faith leaders and other speakers can remove their masks while speaking if there is a distance of 2 metres and must be put on again once finished speaking
      • performers must wear masks at all times
    • Group performance activities, such as choir singing and playing music, are permitted if they are normal worship practices and not for the purpose of entertainment.
    • In-person faith group meetings and other religious gatherings are:
      • not permitted in private homes while these measures are in effect
      • permitted when conducted at a place of worship as long as physical distancing and public health measures are followed
  • Out-of-town travel and visitors

    Returning to Alberta

    • If you do not have a household in Alberta, you must not stay in other people’s homes while indoor gathering restrictions are in place.
    • If you belong to the household, you are permitted to return to the home (child returning home from post-secondary).

    Visitors to Alberta

    • Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes while indoor gathering restrictions are in place, regardless of where they are coming from.

Schools, events and recreation activities

  • Schools, post-secondary and child care

    Mandatory – Updated June 10

    • Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in all areas of the province returned to in-person learning as of June 1.
    • Post-secondary schools returned to in-person learning as of June 10.
    • Childcare facilities can remain open.
  • Fitness, recreation and sport activities (indoor and outdoor)

    Mandatory – Provincewide – Effective June 10

    Indoor fitness and recreation facilities

    • Indoor recreation facilities (such as arenas, indoor wave pools, children play centres, bowling alleys and rec centres) can open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy.
    • Gyms and fitness studios can open for solo and drop-in activities, one-on-one training, and indoor fitness classes.
    • Additional safety measures include:
      • 3 metres of physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
      • Indoor fitness spaces, including spaces for group fitness classes, are limited to the number of people able to fit in the space while maintaining 3 metre distance from each other at all times.
      • Pools, steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs within a fitness facility may operate at one-third capacity (2 metre distance between households)
      • Trainers and instructors may be able to come within 3 metres distance of a client/participant for brief moments to correct form or help demonstrate. However, they must be masked during the interaction and sanitize hands before and after.
      • Masking is:
        • no longer required for exercise but is strongly encouraged for all participants, especially during indoor exercise classes or in small spaces with limited ventilation
        • still required when not engaging in the fitness activity, such as while  moving between fitness equipment or changing in locker rooms

    Outdoor fitness and recreation facilities

    • Outdoor fitness classes and groups are allowed with no capacity limits, as long as 2 metres distance is maintained between members of different households at all times.
    • Outdoor recreation facilities can open with no capacity limits, but 2 metres distance must be maintained between members of different households. Examples include: outdoor pools and spray parks, golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts, croquet pitches, running and bicycle tracks, velodromes.

    Sport and recreation activities

    • All indoor and outdoor sport and recreation activities are permitted provincewide, including:
      • team sports
      • group practices or training
      • games, competitions and league play
    • Physical distancing is not required during game play or sports practice, but is required outside of play/practice.
    • Masks are required for indoor sports that are primarily low-intensity physical activities (bowling).

    Spectators

    • Spectators can attend indoor and outdoor physical activities and performances:
      • 1/3 venue capacity for indoor activities (arenas, theatres) and for outdoor fixed-seated (grandstand) events
      • 150 people maximum for non-fixed seated events (this limit includes spectators, athletes/performers, production teams, referees and coaches)
      • 2 metres of physical distancing must be maintained at all times

    Youth day and overnight camps

    • Camps can operate with cohorts of 50 or fewer participants.
      • Cohort is a group of participants and staff who stay together for duration of camp
      • Camps can have multiple cohorts (no capacity limit) but cohorts must be separated at all times, including dining and activities
      • Participants should reside in the same accommodation as the rest of their cohort for the duration of their stay (no rotating)
    • Masks are required in all communal indoor areas, but not in the accommodation area.

    School activities

    • Students may participate in physical, performance and recreation activities as part of their education program inside a school building or at an outdoor location, with no restrictions.

    Professional sport organizations

    • Professional sport organizations that have received an exemption can continue, as long as protocols are strictly followed.
  • Performance activities (indoor and outdoor)

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Indoor performance activities are permitted, including:
      • dancing, singing, acting or playing a musical instrument
      • rehearsals or theatrical performances

    Additional safety requirements

    • Performance activities can occur in any indoor or outdoor facility that is allowed to be open, with capacity limits.
    • Masking:
      • is required while rehearsing and practicing indoor performance activities, including singing
      • is not required during the live performance (e.g., during filming or with a live audience)
  • Outdoor public events and gatherings

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restriction

    • Outdoor public gatherings (such as concerts and festivals) are permitted with up to 150 people.
    • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (such as grandstands) are limited to 1/3 of their total seated capacity.

    Additional safety requirements

    • Masks must be worn indoors (going inside for snacks or to the washroom).

Business and service restrictions

  • Restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges & cafes

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted.
    • 6 people per table maximum – different households can dine together at a table.
    • Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery are encouraged.

    Additional safety measures

    • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party.
    • Tables and dining parties must be 2 metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission.
    • Individuals must stay seated with their dining party unless using the washroom, paying, or entering/exiting the facility. Masks must be worn indoors when not at your table.
    • Liquor service ends at 11 pm.
    • Dining must close by midnight.
    • VLTs are permitted. No other forms of entertainment allowed (pool tables, live music, etc.).
    • Dinner theatres are permitted at 1/3 capacity.
  • Retail

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Customer capacity limited to 1/3 of fire code occupancy, or 5 customers, whichever is greater. Staff are not included in this total.
    • Shopping mall capacity limits exclude common area square footage.

    Additional safety measures

    • Curbside pick-up, delivery and online services are encouraged.
    • Shop alone or only with the people you live with (see tips for shoppers).

    Examples of retail services

    • Retail businesses
    • Shopping centres and malls
    • Grocery stores, markets and pharmacies
    • Clothing and sporting goods stores
    • Computer and technology stores
    • Hardware and automotive
    • Liquor and cannabis
    • Pet supply stores
    • Gift shops
  • Entertainment facilities

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restriction

    • Entertainment businesses and entities can open with capacity limited to 1/3 of fire code occupancy. Examples include:
      • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming centres
      • Racing centres, horse tracks, raceways
      • Bowling alleys, pool halls
      • Art galleries and museums
      • Libraries
      • Science and interpretive centres
      • Amusement and water parks
      • Children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds
      • Movie theatres, auditoria and concert halls
    • Nightclubs must remain closed until Stage 3.
  • Personal and wellness services

    Mandatory restriction – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • All personal and wellness services can open for appointments and walk-in service.
      • Services should be limited to one-on-one.
      • Businesses must follow all current public health guidance.
      • Home-based businesses must follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.

    Examples of personal services

    • Esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing, make-up
    • Body, nose and ear piercing, and tattoos
    • Artificial tanning and spray tanning
    • Facial, eyebrow and eyelash treatments
    • Cosmetic skin and body treatments
    • Laser hair and tattoo removal
    • Hairstyling and barbering

    Examples of wellness services

    • Floatation tanks
    • Reflexology
    • Colonic irrigation
  • Health, social and professional services

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    The following services can remain open as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed.

    • Regulated health services, including:
      • physicians, dentists
      • physical therapists
      • optometrists
      • chiropractors
      • hearing aid practitioners
      • acupuncturists
      • naturopaths
    • Non-regulated health services, including:
      • massage therapists (a prescription or referral is no longer required)
      • manual osteopaths
      • kinesiologists
      • athletic therapists
    • Professional services, including:
      • lawyers
      • mediators
      • accountants
      • photographers
    • Social services, including:
      • social, protective or emergency services
      • shelters for vulnerable persons
      • not-for-profit community kitchens, religious kitchens and soup kitchens
    • Home-based businesses should follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.
  • Hotels, banquet halls, community halls and conference centres

    Mandatory – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Hotel, motel, hunting and fishing lodge facilities must operate by the same rules as restaurants, retail, fitness centres and pools (refer to sections above for details).
    • Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres:
      • Permitted activities:
        • wedding ceremonies up to 20 people
        • funeral services up to 20 people
        • trade shows at 1/3 capacity
      • Prohibited activities:
        • Indoor wedding or funeral receptions (permitted outdoors only)
  • Working from home and workplace transmission prevention

    Mandatory and recommended restrictions – Effective June 10

    Provincewide restrictions

    • Working from home is recommended – but no longer mandatory – if the employer does not require the employee's physical presence to operate effectively.
    • Employees must wear a mask in all indoor workplaces, except:
      • in work stations or where 2-metre distancing or adequate physical barriers are in place
      • a workplace hazard assessment determines there is a safety risk
    • Any workplace with transmission of 3 or more cases will be required to close for 10 days. Work camps, essential and critical services are exempt.
    • Any workplace that does not comply will be subject to enforcement.
    • See workplace closures for more information.

Public health orders and exemptions

  • Public health orders and exemptions

    Public health orders

  • Mask exceptions

    Anyone unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition will require a medical exception letter from an authorized health professional.

    The medical exception letter may be presented when in a public setting if requested by enforcement officials, or retrospectively in court if a ticket is issued.

    See mask requirements for more information.

  • Promoting safe public spaces

    Public Health Order 30-2021 clarifies that large gatherings can be held on public land for political purposes (rallies, public demonstrations, protests, etc.).

    To help protect health, masking and physical distancing requirements are in place.

    As with other activities in general, participants at these gatherings are subject to enforcement actions if public health measures are not followed.

Financial support

Canada’s COVID-19 economic response plan

Financial support programs are available to help people, families and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Find a program

Small- and medium-enterprise relaunch grant

Funding is available for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs.

Learn more

What else you should do

Continue following existing public health measures to keep everyone safe:

  • Get vaccinated - everyone 12+ can book first and second doses now
  • Stay 2 metres apart from others
  • Wear a mask in public spaces, indoor workplaces and places of worship
  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor your symptoms every day
  • If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for results:
    • if positive, isolate for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is longer
    • if negative, stay home until you're better
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether contact tracing app when out in public

Enforcement

If you violate a public health order:

  • you may be subject to a $2,000 fine
  • you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offence
  • you may get a ticket at the time of an incident or post-infraction – someone who isn’t charged immediately may receive a ticket after authorities do further investigation

Unpaid fines are backstopped with fine collection actions and restrictions on registry services. You may have to pay your outstanding fine before you can renew your driver’s licence. Repeat offenders will be targeted with a new multi-agency enforcement framework.

If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:

  • remind them that not following orders is against the law and puts people at risk
  • request service from AHS public health inspectors online or call 1-833-415-9179

Submit a request online