Today is a big day for the cities of Calgary and Brooks.
While the rest of the province saw the full impact of the first phase of Alberta’s relaunch strategy on May 14, the two cities had to be a little more patient as they reopened.
Both Calgary and Brooks had seen more coronavirus cases than the rest of the province in the past few months. Therefore, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the decision to introduce phase 1 in a few phases.
On May 22, Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced that Calgary and Brooks would move forward with the next phase of the first phase, which will reopen hairstyling and barber shops, as well as cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars across the city.
However, these companies are only allowed to reopen for table service with a capacity of 50%.
It should also be noted that companies are not forced to reopen. They can remain closed for as long as they deem necessary.
Calgary and Brooks, along with the rest of the province, saw some initial Level 1 reopenings on May 14, including:
- Retail stores such as clothing, furniture, and bookstores.
- All vendors at farmers’ markets can operate.
- Museums and art galleries.
- Day care and extracurricular care with occupancy restrictions.
- Resumption of some planned, non-urgent operations.
- Regulated health professions are allowed to offer services as long as they continue to follow guidelines set by their colleges.
Until May 25th, Calgary and Brooks are not allowed to reopen day camps, post-secondary facilities and places of worship, although all of them are currently allowed to reopen in the rest of the province and as of June 1st for Calgary and Brooks.
Here is a list of restrictions that are being eased across the province with Level 2 and Level 3 and as such will not be allowed as of May 25th:
- K-12 schools
- Some operations
- Services of some related health disciplines such as acupuncture and massage therapy
- Personal services such as artificial tanning, aesthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and reflexology
- Larger gatherings
- Cinemas and theaters
- Art and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events
- Night clubs, gyms, pools, leisure centers, and arenas
- Industry conferences
- Unnecessary travel.