Albertans are legally required to isolate for:

  • 14 days if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or returned from international travel
  • 10 days if they have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat

If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing

Practice physical distancing

As we reopen our economy, Albertans must continue practising physical distancing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting sick.

Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This is not the same as isolation – you do not need to remain indoors.

To protect yourself and others:

  • keep at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort family
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands; try to limit grocery store visits to once a week
  • try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
  • try to shop at less busy times
  • order online to have groceries or other items delivered if possible
  • go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others
  • avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
  • follow Alberta’s mandatory restrictions on gatherings
  • wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces

Other steps you can take

All Albertans must continue taking personal steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To protect yourself and others:

  • wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
  • download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • avoid travel outside Canada
  • watch for COVID-19 symptoms (see the full symptom list)
  • take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms
  • follow mandatory isolation requirements:
    • 10 days minimum if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer
    • 14 days if you recently returned from travel outside of Canada or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur, whichever is longer


Avoid carpooling with people from outside your household, if possible.

If carpooling is necessary, take steps to keep all occupants safe:

  • limit the number of people in the vehicle where possible, to maintain physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet)
  • ensure all occupants wear masks and wash their hands before entering the vehicle
  • clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, seatbelt buckles and arm rests after each trip

Cohort families

Members of one household can partner with another household to create a cohort family.

This is an agreement to maintain physical distancing from everyone else.

All members in a cohort must:

  • be completely committed to practicing physical distancing from people outside the cohort family
  • be healthy and not show any COVID-19 symptoms (see the full symptom list)
  • not have underlying medical conditions
  • not be at high risk (for example, seniors)
  • have not travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days


It is not necessary to wear gloves in public. If you choose to wear gloves, remember:

  • wash your hands before you put them on and immediately after taking them off
  • change gloves if:
    • you touch your face – eyes, nose or mouth
    • you cover a cough or sneeze with your hands while wearing gloves
    • they become dirty or torn
  • discard gloves in a lined garbage bin after taking them off

To avoid spreading germs or COVID-19:

  • do not touch your face or mask with your gloves
  • do not touch any personal items (cell phone, bag, credit card) that you might touch again with bare hands
  • do not to try to wash gloves or use hand sanitizer with gloves on


If you violate public health orders to isolate, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Courts could also administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.

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

  • remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk
  • submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors online or leave a message at 1-833-415-9179

Submit a complaint

Please only submit a complaint once. Do not submit online and by phone.