Alberta government launches new resource to help businesses reopen

Webpage will provide business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and sector-specific guidelines

The Alberta government has launched a new resource to support businesses as they reopen during the first stage of the province’s phased relaunch of the economy.

The alberta.ca/bizconnect webpage will provide business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one of relaunch to ensure businesses can reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, said the government.

“As businesses reopen, we’re committed to making sure they have the information they need to operate during the pandemic and get people back to work. We expect businesses to follow these safety measures so that we can continue to reopen our economy while protecting the health and safety of all Albertans,” said Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, in a news release.

The government said the webpage will include a red tape reduction submission form so business owners can share their ideas on modernizing regulations and reducing red tape, especially as they respond to COVID-19.

“We know that Alberta businesses are dealing with a whole new reality because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want business owners to continue to let us know how we can help make their lives easier so we can reduce unneeded regulatory barriers to their success and get Albertans back to work,” said Grant Hunter, Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction

The government said the website includes guidance documents for sectors currently allowed to operate under public health orders:

    • Disability service providers
    • Farmers markets
    • Golf course operators
    • Health non-essential services
    • Health sector PPE guidelines
    • Homeless shelters
    • Industrial work camps
    • Private/municipal campground

Planning documents to prepare businesses for stage one relaunch are posted for:

    • Day camps
    • Daycare and out-of-school care
    • Hair salons and barbershops
    • Museums and art galleries
    • Outdoor recreation
    • Places of worship
    • Restaurants
    • Retail

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