If Alberta continues to flatten the curve while receiving more positive results within the next few weeks, the first stage may potentially take place on May 14th.
This would include reopening the following businesses and services: retail services, hair styling and barbering, daycares, restaurants with a 50% occupancy limit, museums, art galleries, outdoor recreation, additional allied health services etc.
Depending on the success of Stage 1, the second stage will allow for more businesses to reopen with the consideration of physical distancing. As of now, there is not an estimated date for this stage to unfold.
This would include reopening the following businesses and services: K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, summer camps, personal services, massage and reflexology, movie theatres, etc.
As Stages 1 and 2 begin to demonstrate success, the third stage will involve reopening businesses and services that tend to have the closest rate of physical contact. As of now, there is not an estimated date for this stage to unfold.
This would include reopening the following businesses and services: swimming pools, gyms, nightclubs, festivals, sporting events, etc.
Workplace Guidance for Business Owners
: The Government of Alberta developed a useful document to support and guide businesses in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The document contains important policies and procedures that should take place prior to re-opening and continuing operations, as well as guidance on sick staff and volunteers and how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit
: The Government of Canada understands the impact that the outbreak of COVID-19 is having on individuals enrolled in colleges and universities. As a result, they are providing emergency cash aid for post-secondary students.
Deal Reached to Lower Rent by 75% for Small Businesses
: Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced for all provinces and territories to implement the promise rent assistance program for businesses. This will lower base rent by up to 75% for eligible small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, if their landlords agree to take part.