Premier Jason Kenney has announced the government’s Open for Summer Plan, which aims to lift all COVID restrictions by the end of June. Progression through the stages of this plan will be directly dependent on vaccination rates and hospitalization numbers, and the AHLA encourages all hotels to support their staff in getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

Recognizing that the hotel industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors, the government also announced an extension to the Tourism Levy abatement to June 30. In addition, the application deadline for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant was also extended to June 30, giving much needed relief to hoteliers.

Read the AHLA’s letter of thanks to the government for these additional supports.

Restriction changes that may affect your property are as follows:

Stage 1 (effective June 1, except where noted):

Stage 1 will begin:

  • 2 weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose of vaccine, and
  • Hospitalizations are less than 800 and declining.

How Will Stage 1 Affect Your Property?

  • Outdoor social gatherings: Up to 10 people permitted with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Restaurant patios: Up to 4 people per table permitted, restricted to households only or 2 close contacts for those living alone
  • Outdoor pools: Open for groups of up to 10, provided distancing is maintained between non-household members (indoor pools must remain closed)
  • Personal & wellness services: Open by appointment only
  • Funeral services: Up to 20 people permitted, NOT INCLUDING facility staff, funeral clergy, or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Wedding ceremonies: Up to 10 people permitted, INCLUDING officiant, bride/groom, and witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Places of worship: Up to 15% of fire code occupancy permitted (this item ONLY is effective May 28)
  • Distancing and masking requirements: remain in effect

Stage 2 (Starting June 10):

Stage 2 will begin:

  • Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose, and
  • Hospitalizations are less than 500 and declining.

How Will Stage 2 Affect Your Property?

  • Indoor meetings: Permitted with up to 1/3 of fire code capacity.
  • Outdoor social gatherings: Up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Restaurants: Up to 6 people per table permitted, indoors AND outdoors, with more than one household permitted at the same table
  • Indoor pools: Open with 3 metre distancing restrictions between household parties.
  • Indoor fitness: Open for solo and drop-in activities, and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
  • Personal & wellness services: Walk-in service permitted
  • Funeral services: Up to 20 people permitted, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Wedding ceremonies: Up to 20 people permitted, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • VLTs: Permitted to open. See Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis’ (AGLC) information sheet for more information.
  • Work from home order: Lifted but still recommended
  • Places of worship: Up to 1/3 of fire code occupancy permitted
  • Distancing and masking requirements: Remain in effect

Stage 3 (Could start around June 28, if conditions are met):

Stage 3 will begin:

  • Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose.
  • Hospitalization numbers are not a factor for Stage 3, although the government will still be watching the numbers.

How Will Stage 3 Affect Your Property?

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • International and domestic travelers welcome back to Alberta
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain
Government of Alberta Open for Summer Plan