Alberta Covid-19 Considerations
Starting Sept. 20, in-scope businesses, entities and events must follow one of these 2 options:
- Implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or
- Comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.
The following in-scope businesses, entities and organizers are eligible to participate:
To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people ages 12 and older can provide proof of vaccination.
- Valid photo identification that matches the vaccine record (only required for adults 18 and over)
- Valid paper or digital vaccine record that shows name, vaccine type and date of administration:
- From September 20 to October 25: proof of partial vaccination (one dose) is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service.
- After October 25: proof of full vaccination (two doses) is required.
To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people aged 12 and older can show proof of a negative test result.
- Tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
- Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
- Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.
- Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.
- Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
- Operators offering on-site rapid testing should seek expert medical oversight prior to implementing a rapid testing program.
To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people 12 and older can provide documentation of a medical exemption.
- A valid medical exemption is the original signed letter from a physician or nurse practitioner that includes:
- Person’s name that matches their identification.
- Physician’s or nurse practitioner’s complete information, including:
- name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number and signature
- statement that there is a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- duration that the exemption is valid
Retail, shopping malls and food courts are not eligible for the Restrictions Exemption Program as public access is necessary for daily living. Therefore these restrictions apply:
- Capacity restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
- Attendees must be with household members only, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.
- Indoor food courts must close to in-person dining. Take-out is allowed.
These Provincial regulations were last revised on September 20, 2021.