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COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments

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Updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta

State of Public Health Emergency Declared

Alberta has declared a State of Public Health Emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. NEW temporary measures to protect the healthcare system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16, province-wide. Find out what you need to do.
Restriction exemption program

Starting September 20, in-scope businesses, entities and events must implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, OR comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.

Program requirements

The Restrictions Exemption Program permits in-scope businesses, entities and organizers to operate without most public health restrictions as outlined in Order 43-2021Masks are still mandatory indoors.

Operators that are out-of-scope or choose not to fully implement the program must comply with all public health restrictions outlined in Order 42-2021.

How to participate

Operators do not need to apply, but must follow or exceed the program requirements at all times, including requiring all patrons/attendees aged 12 and over to provide valid:

  • Proof of vaccination, or
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative rapid test result taken within 72 hours of service, or
  • Documentation of a medical exemption

Resources

The program does not apply to

  • Businesses or entities that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, including all retail locations
  • Employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers or inspectors entering the space for work purposes
  • Children under 12

Enforcement

  • Operators will be audited for compliance
  • Requirements can be enforced by AHS, AGLC and police units
  • Public can submit complaints if they believe operators are not in compliance

In-scope operators

The following in-scope businesses, entities and organizers are eligible to participate:

  • Restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos, bingo halls, VLT lounges
  • Entertainment and recreation centres, such as bowling, racing entertainment, arcades, billiards halls, other similar entertainment, museums, art galleries, and movie theatres
  • Conferences, meeting spaces, halls, and rented space (excluding dwelling units)
  • Weddings and funerals held in public facilities where the facility maintains responsibility for adherence to these requirements
  • Professional sporting or performance events (spectator)
  • Private social events held in public facilities where the facility maintains responsibility for adherence to these requirements
  • Recreation and fitness facilities
  • Adult recreational sport groups (players/participants)
  • Recreation classes and activities (outside physical activity)
  • Amenities in hotels and condos

Out-of-scope operators

The following out-of-scope operators are not eligible to participate:

  • Events in private dwellings
  • Retail and shopping malls
  • Food courts
  • Libraries
  • Workers and employees in/on a worksite for the purposes of their employment
  • Schools (Kindergarten to Grade 12)
  • School curriculum based activities
  • Accommodations (e.g., hotel)
  • Places of worship for faith services
  • Health services
  • Personal services
  • Wellness services
  • Publicly-funded post secondary institutions, including cafeterias and residence common areas (PSIs will fall under a separate and sector-specific exemption)
  • First Nations College entities: Maskwacis Cultural College, Old Sun Community College, Red Crow Community College, University nuhelot'ine thaiyots'i nistameyimakanak Blue Quills, and Yellowhead Tribal College

Proof of vaccination

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people ages 12 and older can provide proof of vaccination.

  • Valid photo identification that matches the vaccine record (only required for adults 18 and over)
  • Valid paper or digital vaccine record that shows name, vaccine type and date of administration:
    • From September 20 to October 25: proof of partial vaccination (one dose) is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service
    • After October 25: proof of full vaccination (two doses) is required

Access your vaccine records online (through MyHealth Records)
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Proof of negative test

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people aged 12 and older can show proof of a negative test result.

  • Tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours
    • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable
    • Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient
    • Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk
  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories
  • Operators offering on-site rapid testing should seek expert medical oversight prior to implementing a rapid testing program

Proof of medical exemption

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people 12 and older can provide documentation of a medical exemption.

  • A valid medical exemption is the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:
    • Person's name that matches their identification
    • Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including:
      • Name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature
      • Statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
      • Duration that the exemption is valid

Help Prevent the Spread

Legally, all Albertans must physically distance and isolate when sick or with symptoms. Good hygiene is your best protection: wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into an elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • Avoiding crowded places and gatherings
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible

Other steps you can take:

  • 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 warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

Learn more about physical distancing

Book Your Shot

Book your shot at a participating pharmacy, through the AHS online booking tool or call Health Link 811. Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated.

Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

Important Phone Numbers

Resource Hub: Mental Health and Wellness During COVID-19

It is normal to feel anxious and afraid as we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation is stressful for everyone; people living with mental illness and addictions may be finding it especially difficult to cope. We encourage everyone to access the resources on this site, and to respect how others are adjusting in this time of transition.
Taking Charge of What You Can: A COVID-19 Toolkit
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live, work, and connect with each other in a very short period of time. As a world, we are experiencing a collective crisis, the likes of which most of us have never encountered. Right now it is normal to be experiencing a whole host of emotions, including anxiety, anger, sadness, and uncertainty. Our minds and our bodies are closely connected, so it is also likely that you are losing sleep and experiencing other physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, aches and pains, headaches, and low energy.
 
How will this toolkit help? We all need to find a sense of control right now. This toolkit is designed to help you focus on the parts of your life that you can take charge of and stop spending energy on the things you cannot control.
 

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Service Canada is ready to help

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the provincial and federal governments are taking action to help affected businesses.
Connect 1:1 with a Business Strategist

As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges in light of the actions taken by our government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to move forward with our relaunch strategy in Alberta. Business Link has gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.

Business Link will continue to update this page with new information and additional resources as they become available.

Learn about the resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19

Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.

Together we will get through this.

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Just a few hours due north of Edmonton lies the remarkable region of Lesser Slave River. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound.

Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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