Alberta Mandatory Health Restrictions
A state of public health emergency is being declared in Alberta. New mandatory measures to stop the spike in COVID-19 cases are in effect. These measures will last 3 weeks. Here is an overview of these restrictions that may affect SPR businesses:
- Working from home should be considered where possible
- Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person visits to retail locations and to use curbside pick-up, delivery, and online services.
Businesses Closed for In-Person Service (Effective Nov 27)
Businesses that are closed for in-person service include:
- Banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, auditoria and concert venues, non-approved/licensed markets, community centres.
- Children’s play places or indoor playgrounds
- All levels of sports (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur)
Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, and Lounges Open With Restrictions (Effective Nov 27)
Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges will be open with restrictions, if they follow all public health guidance in place including:
- Maximum of 6 people from the same immediate household at a table and no movement between tables.
- Only seated eating and drinking is permitted. No other services or entertainment will be allowed, including billiards, games or darts.
- Liquor can be sold until 10pm and food-serving establishments must close to in-person dining at 11pm. Liquor sales apply to casinos, but casinos are not required to close at 11pm.
Albertans are encouraged to use take-out, delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up options.
Businesses and Services Open With Restricted Capacity (Effective Nov 27)
Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
- Retail, including liquor and cannabis
- Grocery stores
- Clothing stores
- Computer and technology stores
- Farmer’s Markets approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
- Unlicensed outdoor seasonal markets
Some entertainment and event services may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
- Movie theatres
- Museums and galleries
- Casinos offering slots only. Table games must be closed at this time.
- Indoor entertainment centres including amusement parks, water parks, bingo halls and racing centres.
- Indoor fitness, recreation, sports and physical activity centres, including dance and yoga studios, gymnastics and private or public swimming pools. ( Facilities can be open for individual studio time, training or exercise only. There can be no group fitness, group classes, group training or games. Instructors can use facility to broadcast virtual fitness classes from, but there can be no group classes.)
Businesses Open by Appointment Only (Effective Nov 27)
Businesses open by appointment only are not permitted to offer walk-in services. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.
- Personal services such as hair salons and barbershops, esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing and make-up, piercing and tattoo services
- Wellness services including acupuncture, massage and reflexology
- Professional services such as lawyers, medicators, accountants, and photographers
- Private one-on-one lessons (no private group lessons permitted)
- Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges
These businesses must follow all current public health guidelines for their sector and should consider virtual options where possible.
Business Rent Subsidy
Canada is now accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which provides payments directly to you without requiring the participation of landlords. The subsidy provides a direct rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses. This support is available directly to tenants. Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support. The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90%. The subsidy rates are in effect until December 19, 2020. The rent subsidy and Lockdown Support are available until June 2021.
Businesses can now apply for rent covering Sep 27 to Oct 24, 2020. Applications will be processed on Nov 30 and businesses should begin receiving subsidy for this period as of December 4, 2020. Applications for the second CERS period (Oct 25 to Nov 21, 2020) will open on Nov 30. No details are available at this time regarding when subsidy funds for this period will become available.
When submitting a CERS application, businesses can include rent and other eligible amount already paid in respect to a claim period, as well as amounts that are payable for the claim period. Amounts that are not paid at the time of the application will have to be paid no later than 60 days after receiving the subsidy.
City Renews Mask Bylaw Until December 31, 2021
City Council has renewed the bylaw requiring the use of face coverings in all indoor places and public vehicles until December 31, 2021.
Face coverings refer to any medical or non-medical mask or other covering that fully covers the nose, mouth, and chin. Indoor public places means any property, whether publicly or privately owned that members of the public can access. This includes retail stores, entertainment venues, recreation centres, restaurants and transit stations. Public vehicles refers to buses, LRT vehicles, taxis and other vehicles for hire. The fine is $100.
Business Owners can decide for themselves if they wish to refuse service to patrons not wearing face coverings. The bylaw does not apply to schools, healthcare facilities, hospitals or child care facilities.