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Path forward starts February 8

By Alberta Government , 01/31/21, 11:30AM MST


Alberta is bending the curve to protect our health system, but we must be careful not to lift restrictions too quickly.

A roadmap was developed to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. A Path Forward outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks.

Step 1 changes come into effect February 8. All other restrictions remain in effect.

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes

Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for in-person service.

  • Maximum of 6 people per table; individuals must be from same household or the 2 close contacts for people living alone Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party
  • Liquor service ends at 10 pm
  • In-person dining must close by 11 pm
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)


Children's sport and performance activities

Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

  • Children’s sport and performance activities are permitted if related to school activities, such as physical education classes.
  • K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are allowed to use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.


Indoor fitness

Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

Group or team sports not permitted

One-on-one training is permitted


  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind is allowed.
  • Only one-on-one or one-on-one household training is permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g. fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons).
  • Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed.
  • Safety requirements:

    • One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between sessions in the same facility.
    • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
    • Trainers should remain masked during the session; clients are not required to wear a mask while exercising
    • More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc. so long as:
      • Each trainer and client stays 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
      • Each trainer can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned trainer.
      • No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
      • No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers as in circuit training.


The path forward step 2-4

Public health measures will be eased in steps based on hospitalization benchmarks.

Each step sets a more predictable path for easing restrictions, while protecting the health system.

Once hospitalizations are within range of the benchmark, decisions to move to the next step will be considered. The lowest-risk activities in each sector will be considered for change first.

Moving between steps will happen at least 3 weeks apart to assess the impact on cases.


Steps based on hospitalization benchmarks

<600 hospitalizations
<450 hospitalizations
<300 hospitalizations
<150 hospitalizations

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Restaurants
  • Indoor fitness
  • Indoor and outdoor children's sport and performance (school-related)

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Retail
  • Banquet halls
  • Community halls
  • Conference centres
  • Hotels
  • Futher easing of indoor fitness and children's sport and performance

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Adult team sports
  • Casinos, racing centres and bingo halls
  • Indoor social gatherings, with restrictions
  • Indoor seated events (movie theatres and auditoria)
  • Libraries
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretive centres
  • Places of worship

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Amusement parks
  • Concerts (indoor)
  • Festivals (indoor and outdoor)
  • Funeral receptions
  • Indoor entertainment centres and play centres
  • Performance activities (singing, dancing and wind instruments)
  • Sporting events (indoor and outdoor)
  • Tradeshows, conferences and exhibiting events
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Workplaces (lift working from home)