New Provincial COVID-19 Health Measures
New provincial health measures announced on December 8 aim to slow the spread of COVID-19 and "flatten the curve". These measures, in effect until at least January 12, 2021, are necessary to protect all Calgarians and help with our recovery.
These new rules affect individuals and businesses in Calgary immediately:
•indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited
•masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces
The following restrictions take effect on December 13 at 12:01am:
•retail stores and malls must limit occupancy to 15%. Use these guidelines to determine occupancy (NOTE: they were written when a 25% capacity limit was in effect)
•restaurants, bars, cafes, and lounges must close to in-person service but may provide take-out/pickup and delivery
•entertainment and cultural businesses must close. This includes libraries, galleries, casinos, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, private clubs, amusement parks, water parks, science centres, theatres, indoor playgrounds, banquet halls, and conference centres
•indoor recreation facilities must close, including gyms, community halls, recreation/fitness centres, pools, spas, arenas, and camps
•personal/wellness services must close: massage services, manicure, pedicure, facial, make-up, piercing/tattoo studios, tanning salons, cosmetic skin and body treatments, floatation tanks, and reflexology.
•regulated health services may remain open as long as provincial health orders are adhered to. This includes: doctors, dentists, optometrists, hearing practitioners, acupunturists, and naturopaths. Lawyers, accountants, mediators, and photographers may continue to operate on an appointment-only basis.
•shelters, social/protective services, and non-profit community kitchens may still operate, with health guidelines in place
•hotels may continue to operate, with health guidelines and additional restrictions (no pool, spa, or gym)
For questions about specific restrictions, please visit the provincial government website or contact your MLA. The guidance documents have a lot of relevant information to help businesses operate safely.
Information regarding provincial support for small and medium-sized businesses is available at this link.
The federal government has a variety of programs which offer different targeted help for businesses. Click here to view the list.
Individual support through the federal government is available through the Canada Recovery Benefit.
Other aid from the federal government is as follows:
•Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): for those unable to work because they are either sick or need to isolate because of COVID-19
•Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB): income for those employed and self-employed who are unable to work becuase they care for a child under the age of 12 or a family member who requires care