Alberta could be "open for summer" by early July

Lawrence Kim
May 27, 2021

The Alberta NDP and Official Opposition criticized Kenney's plan for moving faster than other provinces, saying that was one of few ways to assess Alberta's reopening approach without more data.

More than half of all people in Canada have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, health authorities reported Wednesday, as Alberta charted an ambitious course to lift most pandemic restrictions by early July.

All current health restrictions remain in place right now, but thanks to active cases going down and vaccination rates going up, Alberta will enter Stage 1 of its journey to normalcy on June 1.

The relaunch plan's first step will start Friday with capacity at places of worship returning to 15 per cent occupancy, and will continue June 1 with the reopening of patios at restaurants, outdoor and sports up to 10 people, appointment-only personal services and 15 per cent capacity at retail shops.

Outdoor social gatherings - up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted).

Personal and wellness services - re-open, by appointment only.

Funeral ceremonies may have up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.

Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees.

Beginning this Sunday, religious services may go back to 15 per cent of capacity.

Stage 2: This phase will begin two weeks after 60 per cent have received a vaccine and hospitalizations are below 500 and trending downward.

Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect. COVID-19 patients needing hospital care fell by 16 to 399, although 101 remained in intensive care.

Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted.

Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries) - open at 30% of fire code occupancy.

Funeral services - up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only).

- The limit on outdoor gatherings increases to 20 people.

Retail - 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance).

Gyms and other indoor fitness open for solo and drop-in activities with three-metre distancing between participants and fitness classes may resume with three-metre distancing. "And so I worry", NPD Leader Rachel Notley told media on Wednesday, noting Ontario won't open indoor dining before 70 per cent of its adult population is vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent with two doses, and large outdoor Quebec events will have to bubble audiences by groups of 250.

- Youth activities, such as day camps and play centres, can open.

Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning.

Outdoor fixed seating facilities (e.g., grandstands) can open with one-third seated capacity.

The work-from-home order is lifted but still recommended.

Forty-six people are involved in the outbreak, prompting heightened public health restrictions.

Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) - up to 150 people.

She said the reopening plan relies on just one vaccine dose and also doesn't factor in highly-transmissible variants.

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