Expanded health measures for Alberta – December 8, 2020

December 8, 2020

Expanded health measures will be in effect province-wide. All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must follow all new health measures.

New expanded mandatory measures come into effect Dec. 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking. All others come into effect 12:01 a.m., Dec.13.


New and extended restrictions from the province:

  • Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency to protect the health care system from COVID-19. Social gatherings are the top source of transmission.
  • Effective Dec. 8, all indoor and outdoor social gatherings have been prohibited. This will be enforced with $1,000 fines.
  • Effective Dec. 8, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces.
  • Effective Dec. 13, working from home is mandatory when physical presence is not required.
  • Current restrictions on child care and K-12 learning remain in effect.
  • Effective Dec. 13, some businesses will be required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access.
  • All previous restrictions from Nov. 27 remain in effect until new restrictions come into effect on Dec. 13.
  • All out-of-town non essential travel is discouraged at this time
  • Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people’s homes while these restrictions are in place, regardless of where they are coming from.
  • Maximum of 10 people for wedding ceremonies or funeral services and must be held in a public place



New and extended restrictions from the province:


  • Effective Dec. 13, Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance
  • Effective Dec. 13, Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy or a minimum of 5 customers
  • Effective Dec 13, All restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are closed to in-person service.
  • Effective Dec 13, All entertainment businesses and entities must close, including: Casinos, bingo halls, gaming centres, etc.
  • Effective Dec 13, All personal and wellness services must close. Personal services include (esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing, make-up, body, etc.; Wellness services include: massage therapy, floatation tanks, reflexology)
  • Effective Dec 13, Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta