Stage 2 of Alberta's re-opening plan could start this week

Alberta is expected to move into Stage 2 of their 3 stage re-opening plan on Thursday

As ICU numbers dip and vaccination numbers continue to climb, Alberta is expected to loosen their restrictions this week.

Thursday has been slated for Stage 2 of Alberta's re-opening plan, which would allow for in person dining, gyms and larger outdoor gatherings. The move is predicted due to 60% of Albertans getting their first shot and hospitalizations now sit under 500.

As of Sunday, there were 360 people in hospital, a decrease of 13 from the previous day, with 96 in ICU.

This is the current breakdown for active cases in the province:

  • Calgary zone: 1,997
  • Edmonton zone:  1,315
  • North zone: 677
  • Central zone: 632
  • South zone: 263
  • Unknown: 0

Here is the full list of things people can expect to see with Stage 2:

  •  Outdoor social gatherings increase to 20 people, with distancing;
  •  Wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees. Receptions permitted outdoors only;
  •  Funeral ceremonies remain up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests. Receptions are permitted outdoors only;
  •  Restaurants may seat tables with up to six people, indoors or outdoors;
  •  Dining parties are no longer restricted to households only;
  •  Physical distancing and other restrictions still apply;
  •  Retail capacity increases to 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance);
  •  Capacity for places of worship increases to 1/3 of fire code occupancy;
  •  Gyms and other indoor fitness open for solo and drop in activities with three metre distancing between participants and fitness classes may resume three metre distancing;
  •  Indoor settings may open with up to 1/3 of fire code occupancy, including indoor recreation centres. This includes arenas, cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, and libraries;
  •  Indoors and outdoors youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions;
  •  Youth activities such as day camps and play centres may resume, with restrictions;
  •  Personal and wellness services can resume walk-in services;
  •  Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning;
  •  The work from home order is lifted but still recommended;
  •  Outdoor fixed seating facilities (e.g., grandstands) can open with 1/3 seated capacity;
  •  Public outdoor gatherings increase to 150 people (e.g. concerts/festivals), with restrictions, and ;
  •  Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect;


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