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Alberta begins phase one of relaunch strategy

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM | By Ian Burns

Alberta announced that it is taking the first incremental steps to reopen some businesses and services in the province as it begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” said Premier Jason Kenney. “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.”

Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy begins May 14. The cities of Calgary and Brooks will see a slightly more gradual reopening, taking into account higher case numbers in these two communities.

Much of the province has been successful in flattening the curve, said chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

“It is okay 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,” she said. “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.”

More information can be found here. Also, this web page provides business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces, as well as sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one. Businesses allowed to reopen during stage one will be subject to strict infection prevention and control measures and will be carefully monitored for compliance with public health orders. It will be up to each business operator to determine if they are ready to open and ensure all guidance has been met.

Physical distancing requirements of two metres remain in place through all stages of relaunch and hygiene practices will continue to be required of businesses and individuals, along with instructions for Albertans to stay home when exhibiting symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat. Albertans are also encouraged to wear non-medical masks when out in public places where keeping a distance of two metres is difficult.