Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 9, 2020

What to Expect in Alberta’s STAGE 2 Relaunch 

Today, the Premier announced a date for the Province’s move into stage 2 of the relaunch, which will be Friday, June 12, 2020. Stage 2 will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations starting June 12 with 2 metre distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place. 

What can reopen with restrictions? 

– Libraries

– Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture, and reflexology

– Personal services (esthetics, cosmetics, skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, artificial tanning) 

– Movie theatres and theatres

– Community halls

– Team sports

– Indoor recreation, fitness and sports, including gyms and arenas

– Pools for leisure swimming

– VLTs in restaurants and bars

– Bingo halls and casinos (but not table games)

– Instrumental concerts

– Provincial campgrounds at full capacity

Events and gatherings that can be larger in stage 2: 

50 people max: Indoor gatherings, including weddings and funeral receptions, and birthday parties. 

100 people max: Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding and funeral ceremonies

No cap on the number of people (with health measures in place): 

– Worship gatherings

– Restaurant, Cafés, Lounges and Bars

– Casinos

– Bingo Halls

Still not approved in stage 2: 

– Social gatherings that exceed about listed maximums

– Vocal concerts

– Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts) 

– Nightclubs

– Amusement Parks

– Hookah lounges 

– Major sporting events & tournaments 

– Non-essential travel outside the Province is not recommended – this won’t be lifted until stage 3 of the relaunch strategy

The success of stage 2 will determine when Alberta progresses to stage 3. 


Edmonton Launches First Phase of Recovery Grant Program for Businesses 

Our Executive Director, Todd Janes, spoke with CBC News to discuss Edmonton’s recovery grant program for businesses. Check out the article here:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-city-council-covid-19-1.5603919

More information on how to apply for this grant will be available here in the upcoming days:
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/edmonton-economic-recovery-grant.aspx


Last Call: COVID-19 Check-In Survey

We appreciate the time that a variety of SPR businesses have taken to complete our survey on the impacts of COVID-19. To get the best possible idea of how we can support businesses as the Province continues its relaunch, we encourage as many businesses as possible to complete this survey. We will also be posting this survey on our social media channels tomorrow, so feel free to share! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZ2GPDV


Free Masks for Albertans Through McDonalds, Tim Hortons & A&W Drive-Thrus

You can now get 4 free non-medical masks per person at any Alberta McDonalds, A&W and Tim Hortons drive-thru locations. These are available with no purchase necessary, while supplies last. 

If you can’t access a participating drive-thru location, you are encouraged to ask a family member, friend, or neighbour to pick up your four masks. You can also call 211 for help. 

Masks will also be provided to the following groups to distribute to the community: 

– Communities more than 50 km from a drive-thru location

– Long-term care and seniors facilities

– Groups and organizations that support vulnerable Albertans 

– First Nations and Metis settlements communities 

– Edmonton and Calgary (for transit users) 

-Places of worship

Why use a mask?

Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at  all times. 

Wearing a homemade mask or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs. 

Masks should complement, not replace other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick. 


ABTraceTogether App

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the ABTraceTogether mobile app. The mobile app helps to let you know if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you’ve exposed others – while protecting your privacy. 

Quickly identifying and isolating positive cases is an important part of our our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and preventing the spread. The more Albertans who voluntarily download and use the app, the safer we’ll be. 

If you’re exposed to COVID-19, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will use information from the app to contact you on the number you used to register your account. AHS Contact Tracers will tell you about your risk of exposure and the actions you should take. 

If you get COVID-19, you’ll be asked to volunteer your ABTraceTogether logs so other users that you’ve had close contact with can be notified. 


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