Public Health Orders

Alberta has implemented public health orders restricting mass gatherings to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Social Gatherings
Effective Immediately
  • All indoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited. This does not apply to service visits from caregivers, health or child care providers and co-parenting arrangements.
  • Close contacts are limited to household members only. Individuals who live alone may have the same two non-household close contacts for the duration of this restriction.
  • Effective Monday, January 18, 2021 outdoor social gatherings are allowed up to 10 people.
Mandatory Masking
Effective Immediately
  • The mandatory indoor public masking requirement is extended province-wide.
  • Applies to all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home. Applies to employees, visitors and the general public.
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Places of Worship
Effective December 13
  • All places of worship will be limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance, with physical distancing and masking.
  • Virtual or online services are strongly encouraged
  • Drive-in services where individuals do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance will be permissible and are not subject to capacity restrictions.
Retail Services
Effective December 13
  • Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy, with a minimum of 5 customers.
  • Curbside pick up, delivery and online services are encouraged.
  • Shopping malls will be limited to 15% of fire code occupancy.
Updated January 18
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes will be closed to in-person service. Only take out, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
  • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs will be closed.
  • Recreational facilities – fitness centres, recreation centres, pools, spas, gyms, studios, day and overnight camps, indoor rinks and arenas – will be closed.
  • Entertainments businesses and entities – libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks and water parks – will be closed.
  • Hotels may remain open but must follow restrictions – no spas, pools or in-person dining. Room services only.
  • Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, childcare, and not-for-profit community kitchens, or charitable kitchens will remain open for in-person attendance.
  • Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos, and piercing, are allowed to open by appointment only, effective January 18, 2021.
Work From Home
Effective December 13
  • Mandatory work from home measures will be implemented unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.

There are a number of ways to report a public health order violation:

  • Non-emergency complaints can be made by calling the police non-emergency line at 403-343-5575. Call 9-1-1 for a situation that poses immediate safety risk an individual or others.
  • To report to an Alberta Health Services public health inspector, use this form: