High case regions are areas with at least 50 cases per 100,000 people, and at least 30 active cases. Find the case rate for your region.
- Working from home: Remains mandatory unless the employer requires the employee’s physical presence to operate effectively.
- Workplace protocol: When employees must be at work, they must mask for all indoor settings, except in work stations or where two-metre physical distancing or adequate physical barriers are in place.
- Masks: Mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces across the province.
- Indoor social gatherings: NOT PERMITTED, including gatherings in workplaces. This will be enforceable with fines.
- Outdoor gatherings:
- LOW-CASE REGIONS: 10 people maximum, but attendees should remain distanced at all times and follow all public health measures.
- HIGH-CASE REGIONS: 5 people maximum (2 household cohorts maximum is encouraged)
- Outbreak protocol: Any workplace with transmission of 3 or more cases will be required by health officials to close for 10 days. Recognizing each work place is unique, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with consideration of the transmission issues, actions taken to address these issues, the type of business and implications of what a 10-day closure could mean on the broader public interest. For more information, see section 11 of CMOH order 19-2021.
- Enforcement: Restrictions will be enforced with $2,000 fines.
Frequently Asked Questions for Hotels:
The AHLA has reached out to the government for clarification of restrictions for hotels:
Do the restrictions mean that walk-in guests cannot be accepted?
No, guests may still walk in and reserve a room. Hotels should observe recommended safe check in practices. See the AHLA’s Staying Safe Guide for recommendations.
Should I rent a room to guests who are not from the same household?
The AHLA’s view is that hotels do not necessarily know if those who reserve or register are from the same household or cohort, and there may be situations when such circumstances need to be accommodated. Hotels are not responsible for determining whether guests or potential guests comply with the new public health restrictions, but may wish to remind guests that indoor close contacts are currently restricted to people in the same household, per the government’s Enhanced Public Health Measures.
What if I observe guests not observing current public health restrictions?
Hotels should ensure signage is placed in guest areas reminding them of the requirement to observe public health restrictions. Guests who do not comply should be reminded of the requirements. The AHLA’s view is that hotels should not be expected to enforce public health orders, and may submit a complaint through the government’s Enhanced Public Health Measures web page.
The AHLA is here to support all Alberta hotels during COVID-19. Please contact us at WeHelpHotels@ahla.ca or 780.436.6112 (toll-free in Alberta 1.888.436.6112) if you have any questions.