Recovery Sickness Benefit
If one or several of your employees need to self-isolate or quarantine due to being a close contact or being tested positive for COVID-19, they can apply for the federal paid sick leave benefit. This means business owners don’t have to pay their wages while their employees are in mandated quarantine. It’s limited to two weeks total and only for those that were scheduled to work but could help offset the financial burden on you.
Learn About the Community of Canora
Our neighbouring community of Canora was mentioned in an article written for the Canora
Courier, a newspaper based in Canora, Saskatchewan!
New Alberta Health Measures Timelines
- Businesses which were closed on Nov 27, remain closed.
- New expanded mandatory measures come into effect on Tuesday, Dec 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking
- All other new restrictions come into effect after midnight on Sun, December 13. (The night between Saturday and Sunday)
- Indoor public masking is now mandatory all over Alberta
- Public spaces include locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public.
- This applies to all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home
Retail – Starting after midnight on Sunday, December 13.
- Retail services are limited to 15% of their commercial fire code occupancy, with no more than 5 customers permitted. This does not include staff members.
- Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged.
- Shopping malls will be limited to 15% of fire code occupancy
- Food courts will only be allowed to do takeout. No one can sit and eat at the tables.
- People cannot shop, sit or visit with friends or family when they are at the mall. They should come in, shop and leave.
Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Lounges and Cafes
- Will be closed to in-person service
- Only takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted
- Cannot have people dine or stay on patios
Event & Entertainment
- Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs will be closed.
- Libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks, and water parks will be closed.
- Entertainment businesses and entities
- Community halls and centres
As of Nov 27, these remain closed:
- Theatres, auditoriums, and concert halls
- Banquet halls and conference centres
- Indoor and outdoor festivals and concerts
- Indoor children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds
Sports & Fitness
- Fitness centres, gyms and boutique studios such as dance, spin, yoga, pilates will be closed.
- Recreation centres and pools will be closed
- Day and overnight camps will be closed
- Indoor rinks and areas will be closed
- Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.
Personal Wellness Services
- Spas, hair salons, nail salons, waxing, massage, tattoos and piercing will be closed
- Remain open but must follow all public health restrictions such as hand hygiene, contact tracing, physical distancing, etc.
- Hotels must close their spas, pools, fitness facilities and in-person dining and bars.
- Room service is permitted
- Hotel guests cannot have guests in their room.
Other Businesses Which Remain Open to the Public
- Health Services
- Addiction Services
- Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
- Social or protective services
- Shelters for vulnerable persons
- Emergency services
- Child care
- Not-for-profit community kitchens
- Charitable kitchens
Work From Home
- Mandatory work from home measures must be implemented for all employees in Alberta
- If the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness, then they are allowed to do do.