State of public health emergency

New mandatory public health measures take effect starting Nov. 24, including gathering limits, business restrictions, school learning changes and mask requirements. Find out what you need to do.

We all have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta. Take steps to protect yourself and others.

Practice good hygiene

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face

Keep physical distancing

  • Stay at least 2 metres away from others
  • Wear a mask in public and in all indoor workplaces
  • Avoid overcrowded public spaces
  • Limit the number of people you come into close contact with
  • Have your groceries or other items delivered, if possible, if you are at high risk of severe disease

Monitor your symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses and can range from mild to severe. Even people with mild symptoms can spread COVID-19 to others.

If you have any symptom, stay home and take the online assessment to arrange testing.

Albertans are legally required to:

  • isolate for 10 days if they have any core symptoms not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition
  • quarantine for 14 days if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or if they travelled outside Canada

Gather safely

Learn more about cohorts and gathering restrictions


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


  • COVID-19 Information posters
    Help prevent the spread posters

    Downloadable posters are available to share tips on ways to practice physical distancing, and let your clients or customers know your business or workplace is open.

  • How to wear a non-medical mask
    How to wear a non-medical mask posters

    Downloadable posters are available to share tips on how to properly put on and take off a mask.


If you violate a public health order, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Additionally, you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offense.

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
  • submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors online or call 1-833-415-9179

Submit a complaint

Complaints that require an immediate response can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line.