Phase 1 of relaunch strategy begins

Restrictions are gradually lifted, and Stage 1 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy begins tomorrow, May 14. Calgary and Brooks will see a slightly more gradual reopening, taking into account higher case numbers in these two communities.

“As we continue to carefully relaunch our economy, the safety of Albertans remains our top priority. Alberta businesses have demonstrated great resilience through this pandemic. Now it is time to show them our support. I encourage all Albertans to go out and support local businesses in a safe and responsible way. We all have a role to play in supporting our province’s economic well-being, while remaining vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. With care and common sense, we will be able to move steadily and safely through the stages of our relaunch strategy,” Premier Jason Kenney said.

With increased infection prevention and control measures to minimize the risk of increased transmission of infections, some businesses and facilities can start to resume operations on May 14 in all areas except the cities of Calgary and Brooks:

  • Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores. All vendors at farmers markets will also be able to operate.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy.
  • Hairstyling and barbershops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars will be permitted to reopen for table service only at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Day camps, including summer school, will be permitted 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 specific guidance already online.
  • The resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will continue gradually.
  • Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
  • The resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries will continue gradually.
  • Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
Premier Jason Kenney

In Calgary and Brooks, the relaunch will be gradual over 18 days due to higher COVID-19 case numbers in these communities.

“Thanks to the sacrifices Albertans have made, much of the province has been successful at flattening the curve. Yet, I know the idea of relaunching our economy evokes strong emotions for many of us. It is OK to feel anxious, but we must move forward for our collective health and well-being. Shop specifically for what you need, not just to browse. Take appropriate precautions, stay home if you are sick and look out for each other. Together, we can successfully move forward in a gradual and thoughtful manner,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

Newest COVID-19 Numbers
A total of 210 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,076, or about 79% of the total 6,407 cases in Alberta, and leaving 1,211 active cases.

For the first time, active cases in the Calgary Zone fell below the 1,000 mark to 990.

Two people have died even as hospitalizations have declined to 70, down three from the last report. Eleven are in intensive care.

Below is a breakdown, by health zones, of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta.

  • Calgary Zone – 990 active cases (minus 27)
  • South Zone – 117 active cases (minus 120)
  • Edmonton Zone – 61 active cases (plus 1)
  • North Zone – 21 active cases (minus 5)
  • Central Zone – 14 active cases (minus 1)
  • There are 8 active cases and 18 recovered cases in zones that are yet to be confirmed.