Unless otherwise stated, the following mandatory restrictions are in effect in Edmonton as of December 13 and will be in place until at least January 21, 2021.
For more details and updates, visit the Alberta COVID-19 Mandatory Public Health Measures.
Work from Home
Working from home is mandatory unless the employer requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.
Business and Service Restrictions
Effective December 13, 2020, some businesses will be required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access. All previous restrictions from November 27 remain in place until the new restrictions come into effect.
Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy or a minimum of 5 customers:
- Curbside pick up, delivery and online services are encouraged
- Shop alone if possible or only with the people you live with
- Shopping mall:
- Capacity limits of 15% include common areas and individual stores
- Food courts open for grab and go only
Retail services include:
- Retail businesses operating within a shopping centre or mall
- Shopping centres and malls
- Pet supply stores
- Grocery stores
- Clothing stores
- Computer and technology stores
- Sporting goods
- Liquor and cannabis
- Gift shops
Restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges and cafes
- All restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are closed to in-person service
- Take out, curbside pickup and delivery services are allowed
Entertainment and Recreation Facilities
All entertainment businesses and entities must close, including:
- Casinos, bingo halls, gaming centres
- Racing centres, horse tracks, raceways
- Bowling alleys, pool halls
- Legions and private clubs (nightclubs must remain closed)
- Art galleries, libraries and museums
- Science and interpretive centres
- Amusement and water parks
- Children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds
- Theatres, auditoria and concert halls
- Banquet halls, conference centres and trade shows
All indoor recreation facilities must close, including:
- Gyms and studios
- Fitness and recreation centres
- Spas, pools, indoor rinks and arenas
- Day and overnight camps
- Community halls and centres
Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.
Personal and Wellness Services
All personal and wellness services must close.
Personal services include:
- Esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing, make-up
- Body, nose and ear piercing, and tattoos
- Artificial tanning and spray tanning
- Facial, eyebrow and eyelash treatments
- Cosmetic skin and body treatments
- Laser hair and tattoo removal
- Hairstyling and barbering
Wellness services include:
- Massage therapy
- Floatation tanks
- Colonic irrigation
Health, Social and Professional Services
Regulated health services can remain open by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.
- Physicians, dentists
- Physical therapists
- Hearing aid practitioners
Professional services can remain open by appointment only:
Social services can remain open for in-person services including:
- Social, protective or emergency services
- Shelters for vulnerable persons
- Not-for-profit community kitchens, religious kitchens and soup kitchens
Home-based businesses should follow the restrictions for the type of service they provide.
Hotels, Motels, Hunting & Fishing Lodges
Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open but must follow restrictions:
- No spa, pool or gym access
- No in-person dining (room service only)
Performance activities include dancing, singing, theatre and playing wind instruments.
- Rehearsals and practices are permitted up to a maximum of 10 participants. Physical distancing and other relevant guidelines must be followed.
- Performances with audiences are not permitted.
- No group performances in indoor settings are permitted
- Rehearsals, practices and lessons involving 2 or more are not permitted
- 1-to-1 in-person lessons are permitted
- Virtual lessons are strongly encouraged where possible
- Physical Education, band and drama classes are permitted to continue
- Assemblies, performances, concerts, and inter-school games, activities and competitions are not permitted
Places of worship
- Indoor group performance activities conducted in a place of worship, such as choir singing and playing music, are permitted provided these are normal activities conducted as part of worship practices and not for the purpose of entertainment
Sport and Physical Activities
Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta.
- Outdoor group physical activity, including team sports, must be limited to 10 people or fewer
- Members of different households must maintain 2 metre distancing at all times
- Indoor group physical activities are prohibited unless
- The group only involves members of the same household
- The activity involves students at a school or post-secondary institution as part of an education program
- The activity involves students at a post-secondary institution
- One-to-one indoor training, such as training with a fitness trainer or coach, is not permitted
For more details, visit the Alberta COVID-19 Mandatory Public Health Measures