Mass Gatherings & Family Events

Public Health Restrictions (Mass Gatherings & Schools)

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Alberta has implemented new public health restrictions.

  • Effective immediately, student attendance at schools is prohibited.
  • Effective immediately, in-person classes at post-secondary institutions are cancelled until further notice. Campuses remain open.
  • Government is working with post-secondary institutions to ensure students are not prevented from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the upcoming school year.
  • All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely.
  • All long-term care and other continuing care facilities are advised to limit visitation to essential visitors only. See Information for People Visiting Patients for more information.
  • Places of worship are no longer exempt from restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • To limit the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces, all Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres, and bingo halls.
  • Until further notice, all Albertans are restricted from attending bars and nightclubs, where minors are prohibited by law.

Events with more than 15 attendees are cancelled:

  • This includes large sporting events, conferences and community events, as well as worship gatherings and family events – including weddings and funerals.
  • Grocery stores, shopping centres, health-care facilities, airports, the legislature and other essential services are not included in this mandatory closure.
  • Likewise, at this time not-for-profit community kitchens, soup kitchens and religious kitchens are exempt, but sanitization practices are expected to be in place and support will be in place for this practice.

Effective March 25, the province has instituted new enforcement measures for those not respecting public health restrictions.

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Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:
  • Any individual who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
  • Any individual who has been identified by as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
  • Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
  • Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.

The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are working with local enforcement agencies to manage complaints, which can be submitted online.

Industry exemptions to travel restrictions will continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by public health officials. Exemptions will be posted online.
Special Notice on Mass Gatherings-Family Events

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