Updated: COVID-19 restrictions easing on May 28 and June 1

Updated on May 28, 2021

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Recently, COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta were eased somewhat.

Starting May 28, places of worship can once again have up to 15 per cent of fire code capacity, says an Alberta government news release. 

On June 1, Stage 1 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan began, the news release adds. This was because two weeks had passed since 50 per cent of Albertans 12 and older were vaccinated and hospitalizations were under 800 and decreasing. 

Stage 2 may begin on June 10, says a May 28 Alberta government news release. This is two weeks after May 28, which was the day that vaccinations of Albertans aged 12 and older reached 60 per cent. The other factor necessary for Stage 2 is for hospitalizations to be below 500 and decreasing. 

As of May 28, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta were at 517 (147 in ICU), which was a decrease from the day before. However, this could change in the next two weeks. 

An earlier news release says, “Based on the current pace of vaccinations, Alberta is projected to enter Stage 2 in mid-June and Stage 3 in late June or early July. These are estimates only and rely on all Albertans continuing to drive down our hospitalizations while increasing vaccination numbers.”

Stage 3 depends on 70 per cent of Albertans 12 plus having at least one COVID-19 vaccination.

Stage 1

  • As of Tuesday, June 1, the following were allowed:
  • outdoor social gatherings with physical distancing can once again have 10 people. Indoor social gatherings are still not allowed. 
  • restaurant patio dining with a maximum of four people at a table allowed – all have to be from the same household or the two close contacts of people who live alone. 
  • outdoor physical, performance and recreational activities are allowed for up to 10 people of any age provided they are physically distanced. 
  • retail can return to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy. 
  • personal and wellness services can reopen by appointment only. 
  • there is no change to weddings; these remain at 10 people. However, funerals can once again have 20 people. Receptions are not allowed for either. 
  • physical distancing and mask requirements remain in effect. 

Stage 2 

(possibly June 10, depending on hospitalizations and vaccinations)

  • outdoor gatherings will increase to 20 people, with distancing.
  • public outdoor gatherings (such as concerts and rodeos) will be allowed with up to 150 people, with restrictions. Including, but not limited to grandstands limited to one-third (33 per cent) capacity.
  • wedding ceremonies and funerals will both allow up to 20 people. Outdoor receptions allowed.
  • restaurants will be allowed to offer indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people at a table – can be from different households.
  • retail, places of worship, all indoor spaces (incl. arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, and libraries), grand stands and other outdoor fixed seating  will be allowed to have up to one-third (33 per cent) of fire code.
  • gyms and indoor fitness will be allowed to open for solo, drop-in, and class activities.
  • personal and wellness services will be allowed to provide walk-in service.
  • post-secondary institutions will be allowed to do in-person learning.
  • the work-from-home (if at all possible) order will be  lifted, but will still be recommended.
  • distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.

Stage 3

(possibly late June or early July depending on vaccinations)

  • all restrictions will be lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings.
  • confirmed COVID-19 cases will continue to be required to isolate and some protective measures will remain in continuing care settings.

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