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