NEW Order from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Order 42-2021 – detailing September 15 Government of Alberta announcement.

Restriction Exemption Program

Starting September 20, events and businesses must follow one of these 2 options:

  1. To operate without restrictions, businesses can implement the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) requiring proof of vaccination or a negative rapid test result. Masking will still be required of patrons. OR
  2. If a business does not implement the REP, it must follow capacity and operating restrictions as outlined below.

Starting September 20, businesses that implement the REP can operate as usual, with masking in place, and only serve people ages 12 and over if they have one of the following:

  • For the transition period between September 20 and October 25 – proof of full vaccination OR proof of at least a single dose vaccination that was administered 2 weeks prior.
  • After October 25 – proof of full vaccination.
  • Documentation of a medical exemption.
  • Proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories are not allowed).

How to implement the REP at your property: Businesses do not need to apply for the REP program, they can simply start asking patrons for one of the options listed above. Audits and enforcement will occur to ensure rules are followed.

The REP does not apply to:

  • Businesses or entities that need to be accessed for daily living.
  • Employees of businesses participating in the program.
  • Children under 12.

If you are implementing REP at your property, download our signage to notify patrons.

Restaurants, Cafés, Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs

Starting September 20, the following restrictions only apply to businesses that do not implement the Restriction Exemption Program.

  • Indoor dining is not permitted.
  • Outdoor dining only with a maximum of 6 people per table (one household or 2 close contacts for those living alone).
  • Liquor sales and consumption restrictions apply. (See Alcohol Service & Consumption section above for more information).

Alcohol Service & Consumption

This section applies to ALL BUSINESSES THAT SERVE ALCOHOL from September 16 to 19. Starting September 20, the following restrictions only apply to businesses that do not implement the Restriction Exemption Program.

  • A business with a Class A liquor licence:
    • is prohibited from serving liquor after 10 p.m. 
    • must ensure that liquor consumption at the food-serving business or entity ends at 11 p.m.
    • must require people to remain seated while consuming food or beverages.
    • may, subject to applicable laws, provide liquor by take-out or delivery at anytime, including after 10 p.m.
  • A person who holds a Special Event Licence is prohibited from serving liquor after 10 p.m. and must ensure that liquor consumption at the event ends at 11 p.m.

Sport, Fitness & Recreation Centres, Pools:

Starting September 20, the following restrictions only apply to businesses that do not implement the Restriction Exemption Program.

  • Indoor group classes and activities are not permitted.
  • Indoor competitions are paused, except where vaccine exemptions have been granted.
  • Indoor one-on-one training and solo activities are allowed with 3 metre physical distancing.
  • Outdoor activities can continue with no restrictions.

Meetings & Events

This section applies to ALL BUSINESSES HOSTING MEETINGS & EVENTS from September 16 to 19. Starting September 20, the following restrictions only apply to businesses that do not implement the Restriction Exemption Program.

  • Attendance is limited to one-third fire code capacity.
  • Attendees are only permitted to attend with their household or two close contacts for those living alone.
  • Attendees must be masked and have 2 metre physical distancing between households.

Weddings & Funerals

  • Indoor wedding ceremonies & funeral services are permitted with up to 50 people or 50% of fire code occupancy, whichever is less.
  • Indoor wedding & funeral receptions are prohibited, unless the hosting facility implements the Restriction Exemption Program.
  • Outdoor ceremonies, services & receptions are permitted with up to 200 people. Liquor sales and consumption restrictions apply. (See Alcohol Service & Consumption section above for more information).

Masks

  • Masking and physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces, except when working alone in work stations.
  • Exceptions relevant to hotels include:
    • If people are seated while consuming food or drink
    • If people are alone at a workstation and separated by at least 2 metres from all other people

Social Gatherings

  • Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person contacts.
  • Vaccinated individuals: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to a single household plus one other household, to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Unvaccinated individuals: Indoor gatherings are not permitted.
  • Outdoor gatherings: Limited to 200 people with 2 metre physical distancing

Working From Home

  • Mandatory work-from-home measures are in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.
  • If employees are working on location, they must mask in all indoor settings, except while alone in work stations.

Vaccine Incentives

From September 3 to October 14, 2021, Albertans 18 or older who receive their first or second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will be provided with a $100 debit card from the Government of Alberta.

The AHLA encourages properties to talk to their staff about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. This will:

  • protect your employees and their families,
  • protect their colleagues and guests, and
  • reduce the spread of COVID-19, making it possible for people to gather and travel sooner.

Talk to your employees about getting the vaccine, and make sure they have the right information.

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.