Stage 1 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy balances public safety with the need to get businesses open and services restored for Albertans.

The cities of Calgary and Brooks are reopening more gradually due to higher case numbers.

Stage 1 – Calgary and Brooks

Permitted in stages

Opened May 14:

  • Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores.
  • Farmers' markets.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will resume gradually.
  • Regulated health professions can offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.

Opening May 25:

  • Hairstyling and barber shops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for table service at 50% capacity.

Opening June 1:

  • Day camps, including summer school, with limits on occupancy.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Places of worship and funeral services, if they follow sector-specific guidance.

Not permitted in Stage 1

  • Gatherings of more than 15 people indoors or more than 50 people outdoors is not permitted, unless otherwise identified in public health orders or guidance.
  • Gatherings of 15 people or fewer must follow personal distancing and other public health guidelines.
  • Arts and culture festivals, major sporting events and concerts, as they all involve close physical contact.
  • Movie theatres, theatres, pools, recreation centres, arenas, spas, gyms and nightclubs remain closed.
  • Visitors to patients at health-care facilities will continue to be limited; however, outdoor visits are allowed with a designated essential visitor and one other person (up to group of three people, including the resident), where space permits. However, physical distancing must be practiced and all visitors must wear a mask or some other form of face covering.
  • In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students.

Recommendations for Stage 1

  • People over 60 or those with pre-existing health conditions should continue limiting contact with people outside their immediate household and staying home as much as possible. If you do go out, do so carefully.
  • Travel outside the province is not recommended.
  • Remote working is advised where possible.
  • Download the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app and use it when in public.

Progression to Stage 2 will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering health care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates. For more information, visit Alberta's relaunch strategy.

Guidance for reopening

  • Business owners can access general and sector-specific workplace guidance for reopening safely on Alberta Biz Connect.
  • Businesses allowed to reopen during stage one will be subject to strict infection prevention and control measures, and will be carefully monitored for compliance with public health orders.
  • Business operators can determine if they are ready to open and ensure all guidance has been met.

Guidance for Albertans