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As Edmonton works through the stages of reopening during the pandemic, there are now many more things we can do to make each day a little bit brighter. But whether going to a restaurant, visiting a recreation centre, or hosting a social gathering, taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 is still important.

Here you can find a variety of ideas for activities you can continue to enjoy, along with tips and links to official guidelines to help keep yourself and your family safe.


Tips for Hosting Safe Social Gatherings

Reconnecting with family, friends and communities after months apart can enhance our feeling of belonging and increase mental health. 

The following tips can ensure your next event is safe for all involved.

  • Keep gatherings small
  • Meet outside when possible 
  • Do not share food or drinks
  • Wear a face covering or mask when closer than 2 metres with others wherever possible
  • Remind attendees of physical distancing 
  • Increase frequency of surface cleaning
  • Provide access to hand washing or alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Keep a written list of attendees

Provincial guidelines and restrictions on gatherings and cohorts.
The Alberta Daily Health Checklist can be used by participants to assess their health before they attend.

Events, Gatherings or Activities that are Social and Safe

  • Outdoor picnic where attendees bring their own food
  • Backyard barbeque with a small group that does not share food or drinks
  • Group sport at an outdoor sports field
  • Visit an outdoor Edmonton attraction like the zoo
  • Walking through river valley trails

Stay 2 Metres Safe

Understand the benefits of physical distancing. 

Source: Alberta Health Services

Masks

Effective August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering was made mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles. Visit edmonton.ca/Masks for more information on the temporary bylaw.

Watch our interview with the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton region about how to safely wear a mask and how it may be of benefit to you.

Consider the ABTraceTogether App

ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app from the Government of Alberta that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy. If it’s right for you, consider using this app.

Reach Out if You Need Help

If you are experiencing family violence, help is still available even if you have COVID-19 or are in isolation. There are also Community and Non-Profit Supports for Edmontonians to help you access a wide range of public social services to address other issues.

Help Your Neighbours

Create and drop off an 'I can help' postcard to your neighbours in your community, or connect them with Community and Non-Profit Supports for Edmontonians.

Join or Start a Community Garden

Starting a community garden, or participating in one is a great way to bring residents and communities together. Learn more about the City’s pop-up community garden pilot project and how to get involved.

Be a Connector

Become a Block Connector by joining Abundant Community Edmonton or chat with your fellow neighbours on a virtual message board.

Donate

Contribute to Edmonton's pandemic relief and recovery efforts via Edmonton Gives. The site offers connection points to the social agency partners that work on the front lines of our community.

Staying Active and Healthy

Being active is a great way to support both your physical and mental health while adhering to physical distancing requirements.

Play a Round of Golf

City golf courses are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active. Victoria and Riverside are now open. Create an account on MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca to book a tee time.

Explore the River Valley Trails

Edmonton has more than 160 kilometres of maintained multi-use trails that are beautiful this time of year. Go for a leisurely stroll, enjoy a bike ride or inline skate through Edmonton's beautiful river valley.

Roll to a Skateboard Park

Grab a board and roll down to your neighbourhood skatepark.

Visit an Off-Leash Dog Park

Off-leash dog parks are now open to enjoy responsibly by adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

Live Active

Share how you are staying active with #LiveActiveYeg and check out these active stories for new ideas. Read about some of the ways Edmontonians are staying active while keeping their distance.

Spray Parks

Many of Edmonton’s community spray parks are open to enjoy when the days are hot.

Rediscover Playgrounds

Neighbourhood playgrounds are open throughout the city for children to enjoy safely by continuing to adhere to provincial guidelines.

Have an Outdoor Picnic

Picnic sites are open for casual use by groups of 50 people or fewer. You can also enjoy casual recreation activities in open park spaces, like kicking a ball or playing casual stick sports (such as, passing a ball).

Visit City Parks

Edmonton parks are blooming and open for residents to enjoy. Please enjoy responsibly by adhering to physical distancing guidelines. And always clean your hands using soap and water or sanitizer after you touch any surface.

Create an Art Walk

Sidewalk chalk art is a great way to spend time outside and create beautiful sights for your neighbourhood. Do you have a favourite Edmonton building, bridge or locale? Draw it on your sidewalk and take a photo and share it with us on Facebook. We'd love to see your work! 

Host a Backyard BBQ

Remember to keep your guest list to no more than 50 people, and stay 2 metres apart, particularly those who are not from the same household. Don’t share food, serving utensils and condiment containers, and choose backyard fun that doesn’t involve different people touching the same sports equipment. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces like armrests, gate latches and patio railings.

Check in with the Zoo

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is now open with modifications to ensure the safety of visitors. Reserve your arrival time online before visiting.

Edmonton Public Libraries

Edmonton Public libraries have begun reopening some in-person services at locations across Edmonton. Visit epl.ca/reopening for details.

Card holders can also access digital collections by downloading the Hoopla app for access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, music and movies, or the Overdrive app for ebooks and audiobooks.

Learn about City Hall Virtually

In a new child-friendly video series, City Hall School teacher Linda Hut and student reporters interview City employees and politicians about how municipal government works and how you can get involved. New content will be added daily to a playlist on the City’s YouTube channel. 

Visit the Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum is now open with limited capacity. Tickets must be purchased ahead of your visit and are available now.

See Who’s Open for Business

As Edmonton’s businesses begin to reopen safely and in stages, consider supporting local goods and services. Things that are Open in Edmonton is a great resource to discover which businesses are currently open as the Edmonton economy relaunches.

Visit a Farmers' Market

Local Farmers' markets are opening across the city with some new capacity limits. Enjoy the outdoors while picking up some locally grown greens and prepared foods. There are provincial guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at farmers markets. 

Start your Home Improvement Project

With warm weather and additional hours of sunlight, now is a great time to get started on some projects that will make your home more comfortable. To find out if your project requires a permit and apply for one, visit edmonton.ca/permits.

If you are a business owner looking for guidance on how to reopen safely and in accordance with Provincial guidelines, more information can be found on the Province’s Alberta Biz Connect website. You can also visit COVID-19 Support for Edmonton Businesses for key links to information on support programs from all levels of government.

View information on Alberta’s economic Relaunch Strategy

Ride your Bike

With this warm weather, it’s a great time to take advantage of the extensive network of bike lanes and trails our city has to offer. Review bike route maps for Downtown, Southside and West Central.

Watch this how-to video on giving your bike a check-up to ensure it’s safe to use this spring.

Walk

Use Shared Streets throughout the city and temporary lane closures on Victoria Promenade and Saskatchewan Drive to spread out and enjoy a peaceful walk to your destination.

Taking Transit?

Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles. This applies to the publicly accessible areas of businesses/retail and includes transit, transit centres and LRT platforms. Some exemptions apply.

Please make sure you dispose of your used disposable masks and/or gloves into a waste bin. If one is not available, store your used materials in a plastic bag until they can be disposed of properly.

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