Alberta COVID-19 News

Province loosens COVID restrictions

Banquet halls, community halls, conference centres and hotels can now open for all activities permitted under Step 1 and Step 2. This includes hosting virtual meetings/conferences/events, permitted performance activities, wedding ceremonies with up to 10 individuals, and funeral services up to a maximum of 20 individuals.

Wedding receptions, funeral receptions or trade shows are not permitted.

All retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 25 per cent of fire code occupancy, not including staff. This is an increase from 15 per cent.

Individuals or groups can now rehearse and perform in preparation for filming or live streaming a performance, provided they adhere to public health guidance. Performance activities permitted include dancing, singing, theatre and playing instruments.

For adult performers and performance groups (over the age of 18), the following activities are permitted:

  • Individual performers or performance groups (up to a maximum of 10 individuals) can access facilities for rehearsals or filming/virtual broadcasting.
  • Larger indoor film and other performances will be allowed provided there is no audience and subject to an approved plan that follows strict new guidance, including regular lab-based PCR testing.

For children and youth, performance activities are permitted provided they follow the same requirements set out for youth sport, performance and recreation activities in Step 1:

  • Up to a maximum of 10 individuals with three-metre distancing between all participants.
  • No spectators or in-person audiences are allowed for any type of performance.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times.
  • Includes lessons and practices.
  • Includes youth development activities such as Scouts, Girl Guides and 4-H.

The Step 1 restrictions around youth sports and recreation have been expanded to include members of college and university athletic programs:

  • Lessons, practices and physical conditioning activities are allowed.
  • Games are not allowed.
  • Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all time.
  • Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity.

Any decisions on Step 3 will be made on March 22, at the earliest, based on hospitalizations and the current spread of COVID-19. Metrics based on cases and growth, including variant cases, are being monitored and will also be used to guide any decisions around the need to pause further steps or potentially increase restrictions.

Additional details on the current restrictions are outlined on alberta.ca.