As the number of COVID-19 cases grows in Alberta, the government has ordered stricter measures that apply to individuals and businesses. The Alberta government is requiring certain non-essential businesses to close effective March 28, 2020. Additionally, the number of individuals permitted to gather has been reduced from 50 to 15.
What are the essential businesses?
The following services have been deemed to be essential. Workplaces that are operating as an essential service are not subject to the Alberta Orders and are permitted to have more than 15 workers on a worksite, as long as they follow all public health guidelines, including physical distancing measures.
- Health, medical and public health services
- Public safety and security services
- Food and shelter
- Energy and utilities
- Petroleum, natural gas and coal
- Agricultural and horticultural
- Retail (with the exception of non-essential retail services listed below)
- Financial services
- Information and telecommunications
- Public administration and government
- Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
- Professional services including lawyers and paralegals, engineers, accountants, translators
- Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid)
- Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services
- Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services
- Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help
- Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses
- Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers
- Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children
- Environmental services for agriculture, mining, oil and gas
- Waste management including landfills and hazardous waste treatment
More can be found at Alberta’s Complete List of Essential Services.
What are non-essential businesses?
The government has provided a list of the non-essential businesses that are required to close on March 28, 2020. As of publication, the following businesses are considered non-essential:
- Personal and cosmetic services including hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios and esthetic services.
- Wellness studios and clinics including massage and reflexology.
- Non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
- Retail stores including clothing and gaming stores, book stores, hobby stores and antique stores. Retail businesses are permitted to offer online shopping and offer curbside pickup.
- Dine-in restaurant services. Restaurants are still permitted to offer takeout and delivery.
Under a previous order, the following recreational and entertainment facilities have already been ordered to close:
- gyms, swimming pools, arenas;
- science centres, museums, art galleries;
- libraries, community centres, children’s play centres, bowling alleys;
- bars and nightclubs, where the law prohibits minors; and
- casinos, racing entertainment centres, bingo halls.
For a complete list of businesses that have been ordered to close, go to Government of Alberta: Restriction on Gatherings and Businesses page.