Alberta announces “Open for Summer” Plan, including projections for removing of retail restrictions
The Alberta government has announced its Open for Summer Plan that will see the province-wide removal of health measures in three stages throughout June, as vaccine targets are reached and hospitalizations decline.
Alberta’s plan includes three stages based on vaccination thresholds and hospitalizations:
Stage 1: June 1, 2021
Retail capacity will be raised to 15% of fire code occupancy June 1, 2021, and across the province restaurant patio dining, personal services and some other activities will be permitted.
Stage 1 has been achieved and follows two weeks after 50% of Albertans aged 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 800 and declining.
Stage 2: Estimated June 10, 2021
Two weeks after 60% of Albertans aged 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 500 and declining, Stage 2 be achieved.
Retail capacity will be raised to one-third of fire code occupancy, indoor dining will be permitted, gyms and other sports will reopen, as will movie theatres at 30% of normal capacity. During this stage, the mandatory work at home order will be lifted, although still recommended.
Stage 3: Estimated June 28, 2021
Two weeks after 70% of Albertans aged 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine, the final stage of the plan will be achieved.
Stage 3 features all remaining public health measures being lifted, including those that apply to retail, restaurants, and indoor and outdoor social gatherings, including large sporting events. During this stage, the mandatory indoor mask requirement for most circumstances will be eliminated.
RCC has actively encouraged the government to outline its opening roadmap and applauds the Government of Alberta’s longstanding recognition that retail stores remain safe and of low risk throughout the pandemic.
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Director, Government Relations (Prairies)