Green light given for various Calgary businesses to re-open including restaurants

Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can re-open for table service at 50 per cent capacity in Calgary and Brooks, said the government

A significant decline in the number of actives cases of COVID-19 in Calgary and Brooks means both cities can re-open more businesses starting May 25, the Alberta government announced on Friday.

“I want to thank everyone in Calgary and Brooks for waiting patiently as we worked together to flatten the curve. We will continue to have a staggered approach to relaunch, but fortunately active cases have come down significantly from the peak of just a few weeks ago and it’s time to continue opening up our economy. I encourage folks to get outside, stay safe, and support local businesses,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Starting May 25, hairstyling and barbershops will be permitted to re-open in Calgary and Brooks, and cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can re-open for table service at 50 per cent capacity. This is in addition to the re-opening of limited businesses and activities in these cities on May 14, explained the government.

“Relaunching our province requires continued patience from all of us, and it is critical all Albertans continue to practise the public health measures we’ve put in place to protect Albertans. As we move forward with reopening additional businesses and services in Calgary and Brooks, I remind all Albertans to support local businesses, but to do so in a safe and responsible way. Take appropriate precautions, stay home if you are sick and continue to look out for each other. We will succeed by supporting each other through each stage of relaunch.” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Here is Alberta government’s re-launch strategy for Calgary and Brooks.

Stage one – cities of Calgary and Brooks

Opened May 14:

  • Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores.
  • All vendors at farmers markets are able to operate.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy.
  • Resumption of some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries.
  • Regulated health professions are permitted to offer services as long as they continue to follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.

Opening May 25:

  • Hairstyling and barbershops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars will be permitted to re-open for table service only at 50 per cent capacity.

Opening June 1:

  • Day camps, including summer school, will be permitted with limits on occupancy.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Places of worship and funeral services can be expanded if they follow specific guidance already online.

Progression to stage two will be determined by the success of stage one, considering health-care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates, it said.

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