NEW Order from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Order 47-2021 –  Modification of Record of Decision CMOH Order 442021 – outdoor social gathering and outdoor dining changes

Order 46-2021– Modification of Decision CMOH Order 45-2021 to allow “counter sale or quick service restaurants” to screen patrons at counter

Order 44-2021 – replaces CMOH-42, and outlines public health measures to protect Albertans from COVID-19

Order 45-2021 – replaces CMOH-43, and outlines the details of the Restrictions Exemption Program

Restriction Exemption Program

As of 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.

According to the Government of Alberta, the following are In-Scope for the REP:

  • Restaurants,
  • Nightclubs,
  • VLT lounges,
  • Conferences & meeting spaces,
  • Private social events
  • Recreation & fitness facilities
  • Amenities in hotels

The government treats breakfast rooms as restaurants. If you do not put your breakfast room under REP, it will need to be closed, as indoor dining is not permitted. You would be able to do in room dining or grab & go.

Accommodations are Out of Scope for the REP.

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.

Announced October 7, fines will be doubled for contravening public health orders, including the mistreatment of workers doing the difficult work ensuring public health orders are being followed, from $2,000 to $4,000. New legislation is also being developed to protect businesses that implement the Restriction Exemption Program from legal challenges.

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 or download Government of Alberta Signage.

Don’t know how to communicate to guests that you’ve implemented REP? See our REP Letter to Guests Template.

QR Codes as Proof of Vaccination

On October 13, the Government of Alberta announced a new app to check patrons for proof of vaccination (POV) with a QR Code. Hotels can begin using the free “Alberta Covid Records Verifier” app available for download through the Apple and Android app store.

Some key points about QR codes and the app:

  • When a valid QR code is scanned, a green check mark will verify the proof of vaccination.
  • The app will display a person’s name and date of birth, which needs to be verified using other identification. The app does not store any personal information.
  • The QR code contains a secure digital signature that verifies it is provided by Alberta Health. If a person does not meet the vaccination requirement for REP or if the QR code is tampered with, the record will show as invalid when scanned.
  • As of November 15, the QR code will be the only valid form of proof of vaccination.
  • Other forms of proof of vaccination will continue to be accepted up until November 15.
  • Having issues with the app? Contact the Covid Records Helpdesk or contact the support line at 1-888-527-1224 or email covid19record@gov.ab.ca.

The following exceptions apply to use of QR codes:

  • First Nations members immunized on reserve can show their immunization record.
  • People from other Canadian provinces or territories can show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and a piece of personal identification.
    • Consider downloading the Covid Record Verifier apps being used by other provinces for out-of-province guests.
  • International travelers can show their proof of immunization document that they used when entering Canada and a piece of personal identification.
  • Canadian Armed Forces can use their National Defense Canada COVID-19 vaccine record or card and ID card.

Review the following fact sheets for more information:

Find updated posters here:

NEW Grants – Restriction Exemption Program

REP Implementation Grant

Announced on October 7, Alberta’s government will soon offer a one-time payment of $2,000 to Alberta small- and medium-sized businesses that are eligible for and choose to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. This payment can be used by businesses as they see fit.

It is anticipated that the application portal for businesses to apply for this grant will be open in the next four to six weeks. The AHLA will provide more details on the program, including eligibility and how to apply, once they are available.

REP Training Grant

Eligible industry associations across Alberta can use the REP Training Grant to develop or procure training to help workers assess and manage challenging situations that may arise during their daily work. Workers and employers will be able to access this training through select industry associations.

The AHLA will provide additional information on this grant as soon as it becomes available.

Restaurants, Cafés, Bars, Pubs, VLT’s & 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).
  • VLT retailers that choose not to implement the REP must operate within the following restrictions.
    • Capacity will be restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
    • Attendees must be with household members only, or two close contacts if they live alone.
    • Ensure physical distancing of 2 metres between persons who are not part of the same cohort. Alternatively, partitions can be used to protect patrons and staff where it is safe and makes sense to do so.
    • Prohibited from serving food or liquor.

Alcohol Service & Consumption

This section applies to ALL BUSINESSES THAT SERVE ALCOHOL. 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. 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.

Announced on October 7, new legislation is being developed to protect businesses that require vaccinations for employees from legal challenges.

Still have questions? View our Restrictions Exemption Program FAQ

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.