Daily COVID-19 Update: April 30, 2020
Supports for Business
Province Unveils Phased Relaunch Plans for Business and Services
A phased relaunch was announced today by the provincial government balancing safety with a gradual reopening of closed businesses and services. The plan outlines early actions, requirements to move to the next stage, and details for the three stages.
The plan to move forward requires careful and ongoing monitoring and respecting all guidelines outlined by the chief medical officer of health:
- Alberta Health Services will resume some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries as soon as May 4.
- Dental and other health-care workers, such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more, will be allowed to resume services starting May 4, as long as they are following approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
Recognizing the role that access to the outdoors and recreation in the outdoors plays to Albertans’ sense of well-being, access to provincial parks and public lands will be re-opened using a phased approach, beginning with:
- Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas in parks and on public lands will open May 1.
- A number of boat launches in provincial parks will open on May 1, working to have them all open by May 14. Check albertaparks.ca for the status of boat launches.
- Government is working hard to make campsites available as soon as possible, with the goal to have as many open as possible by June 1 so Albertans can enjoy our parks while adhering to current health orders. At this time, sites are open to Albertans only. Check albertaparks.ca for updates.
- Group and comfort camping will not be offered. Campground facility access restrictions to areas such as showers, picnic and cooking shelters will also be posted to albertaparks.ca.
- Alberta Parks’ online reservation system will be available May 14 to book site visits beginning June 1. Out-of-province bookings will not be processed.
- No washrooms or garbage pickup will be available within provincial parks at this time. These services will be available as soon as Alberta Environment and Parks brings staff back. These seasonal positions represent an important opportunity for Albertans to secure employment during challenging economic times.
- Fire bans in parks, protected areas and the Forest Protection Area remain in place.
- No off-highway vehicle restrictions are currently in place. Local restrictions may be required if the risk for wildfires increases.
- Private and municipal campgrounds and parks can open with physical distancing restrictions, under their own local authority.
- Golf courses can open on May 4, with restrictions including keeping clubhouses and pro shops closed. On-site shops and restaurants can open in stage one, consistent with other businesses and retailers.
Requirements to move to next stage
Additional restrictions will be lifted in stages when safe. Before we move to stage one, several safeguards will be put in place:
- Enhancing our nation-leading COVID-19 testing capacity at the highest level in Canada.
- Robust and comprehensive contact tracing, aided by technology, to quickly notify people who may have been exposed.
- Support for those who test positive for COVID-19, to enable isolation and effectively contain the spread.
- Stronger international border controls and airport screening, especially for international travellers.
- Rules and guidance for the use of masks in crowded spaces, especially on mass transit.
- Maintaining strong protections for the most vulnerable, including those in long-term care, continuing care and seniors lodges.
A rapid response plan is in place in the event of possible outbreaks of COVID-19. This includes outbreak protocols to quickly identify close contacts in order to stop spread, making testing widely available including testing those without symptoms in outbreak settings, and providing temporary housing for isolation and other necessary supports for anyone at risk.
Physical distancing requirements of two metres will remain in place through all stages of relaunch and hygiene practices will continue to be required of businesses and individuals, along with instructions for Albertans to stay home when exhibiting symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat.
Further opening in stages
Progress to Stage 1 will occur once health measures are achieved to the satisfaction of the government based on the advice of the chief medical officer of health, as early as May 14.
Stage 1 highlights
With increased infection prevention and controls, to minimize the risk of increased transmission of infections, some businesses and facilities can start to gradually resume operations as early as May 14:
- Retail businesses, such as clothing, furniture and bookstores. All vendors at farmers markets will also be able to operate.
- Some personal services like hairstyling and barber shops.
- Museums and art galleries.
- More scheduled surgeries, dental procedures, physiotherapy, chiropractic, optometry and similar services.
- Daycares and out-of-school care with limits on occupancy.
- Summer camps with limits on occupancy. This could include summer school.
- Cafés, restaurants (minors allowed in liquor licensed establishments) with no bar service to reopen for public seating at 50 per cent capacity.
- Some additional outdoor recreation.
- Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses, however how programs are delivered – whether online, in-person, or a blend – will be dependent on what restrictions remain in place at each relaunch phase.
- The use of masks will be strongly recommended in certain specific crowded public spaces, like mass transit, that do not allow for physical distancing (two metres apart).
Still not permitted in stage 1
- Gatherings of more than 15 people. (Gatherings of 15 people or fewer must follow personal distancing and other public health guidelines.)
- Arts and culture festivals, major sporting events, and concerts, all of which involve close physical contact.
- Movie theatres, theatres, pools, recreation centres, arenas, spas, gyms and nightclubs will remain closed.
- Visitors to patients at health-care facilities will continue to be limited.
- In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students.
- Non-essential travel, especially travel outside the province, is not recommended.
- Remote working is advised where possible.
Stage 2 highlights
Timing of this stage will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering the capacity of the health-care system and continued limiting and/or reduction of the rate of infections, hospitalization and ICU cases.
Will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with two metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place. This includes:
- Potential kindergarten to Grade 12 schools, with restrictions.
- More scheduled surgeries, including backlog elimination.
- Personal services, such as artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, massage and reflexology.
- Permitting of some larger gatherings (number of people to be determined as we learn more about the levels of risk for different activities) in some situations.
- Movie theatres and theatres open with restrictions.
Visitors to patients at health-care facilities will continue to be limited.
Still not permitted in stage 2
- Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres, and arenas will remain closed.
- Arts and culture festivals, concerts, attendance at major sporting events and other mass gatherings will continue to not be permitted.
- Non-essential travel is not recommended.
Stage 3 highlights
Timing of this stage is to be determined based on the success of stages 1 and 2 and will involve:
- Fully reopening all businesses and services, with some limited restrictions still in place.
- Permitting larger gatherings (number of people to be determined).
- Permitting arts and culture festivals, concerts and major sporting events with some restrictions.
- Permitting nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas to reopen with restrictions.
- Resuming industry conferences with restrictions.
No restrictions on non-essential travel.
Read the full relaunch strategy here.
When small, medium-sized and large companies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations come together to generate bold ideas, Canadians benefit from more well-paying jobs, groundbreaking research and a world-leading innovation economy that creates global market leaders. That's why the Government of Canada challenged Canadian businesses of all sizes to collaborate with other innovation actors, including post-secondary and research institutions, to propose bold and ambitious strategies that would transform regional innovation ecosystems and develop job-creating superclusters of innovation. Read more.
Supports for Individuals
Government of Canada introduces legislation to support students in need
The legislation required to enact the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) and the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) passed the House of Commons on Wednesday, including a $250/month boost to the proposed CESB. The Senate will consider the legislation Friday, with the Government of Canada moving to implement the programs as quickly as possible once the bill becomes law.
COVID-19 & The Anatomy Of An Economic Downturn
Our current economic downturn is unprecedented compared to financial crises of the past. So, how is it different? What is expected? And how do we overcome it? Find out in this video with Canadian Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist and VP of Policy, Dr. Trevin Stratton.
Letter To Ministers Urging The Funding Of Shovel-Ready Projects
Infrastructure spending will play a crucial role in our economic recovery, which is why the Chamber network issued a letter to Ministers McKenna and O'Regan calling on the government to choose shovel-ready projects from the National Trade Corridors Fund administered by Transport Canada. Dozens of shovel-worthy projects were unsuccessful in previous calls for proposals. We encourage the government to work with Transport Canada and fund projects that have already applied for funding through this program.
Public Safety Canada Needs To Hear From You On PPE
Public Safety Canada is conducting a survey to better understand the personal protective equipment (PPE) needs of critical infrastructure partners, capture organizational contact information and sub-sector information and better articulate supply chain challenges and projected PPE shortages during the COVID19 pandemic. The deadline to participate is 8:00 p.m. ET, Friday, May 1.
Rogers Offer Extended
Rogers is helping to support businesses as they navigate COVID-19 and has extended its limited time offer for members. From now until June 30, 2020, you can access Microsoft Teams completely free for a six-month period and get 50% off Rogers Unison for a three-month period. Conditions apply.
Understanding, Accessing and Optimizing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The recording is now available for the April 28 webinar with Neuman Thompson lawyers Raylene Palichuk and Ron Smith, as well as Colette Miller of Wilde & Co. Chartered Professional Accountants. The webinar covers details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and how to maximize the benefits of this program in your workplace.
CBRN: M & A strategies, succession planning and preparing for recovery
Join professionals from KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice for a live interactive discussion on Wednesday, May 6 at 22 p.m. (MT) to help you understand how businesses are thinking about their M&A strategies, succession and planning for the eventual rebound as we emerge from lock-down and deploy cash in an era of ultra-low interest rates. Register online.
Call to Action:
Share your stories and resources with us and on the YXH Business Support Group and connect with us for any questions you have.
Recognize your heroes by using the hashtag #YXHheroes.
Honour your everyday heroes through the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Awards program. Nominations can be submitted online.
Quote of the Day: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.” - Winston Churchill
For more resources visit our COVID-19 page
On Demand Webinars
Alberta Bits & Pieces Webinar. Watch Now.
Canadian Business Resilience Network Video Content
Conflict Escalation & What to Do About It. Watch Now.
Destination Canada: The Visitor Economy: Watch Now.
How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. Watch Now.
The Importance of Human Resources & Being Strategic When Your Business is Being Temporarily Impacted. Watch Now.
Leading During a Crisis and Switching to Remote Work. Watch Now.
Rent Relief in a World of the Coronavirus: Watch Now.
Shopify E-Commerce Tools. Watch Now.
Social Media in Crisis. Watch Now.
Working From Home During COVID-19. Watch Now.
AMHSA, CSSE, Howatt HR, AUMA Mental Health Webinar Series. Click here.
APEX Alberta Webinars: Watch the recorded series
BDC Webinar Series: Register here.
BusinessLink: View upcoming events.
Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Watch Now.
CPHR Alberta: HR Pandemic Essentials. Click here.
Conference Board of Canada Webinar Series: Mental Health and COVID-19. Click here.
Constant Contact Webinar Series: View the line up of sessions and register.
D2L Webinar Series: Digital Transformation for Associations. Watch Now.
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Wednesday weekly: Business & Economic Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis
Free Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)® IDS™ sessions. Register here.
StartUp Canada Women Entrepreneur Webinar Series: Click here.
Travel Alberta Webinar Series. Watch Now.
May 2: IG Wealth - Business owners in Canada: Navigating COVID-19 economic volatility and Government relief measures. Register here.
May 5: Local Food Market Channels. Register here.
May 6: COVID-19 Webinar Series - Beyond Reacting: How to Re-Invent and Disrupt in the New Reality. Register here.
May 6: SEO for Beginners: How Customers Find You Online. Register here.
May 7: Selling Food in Alberta? Know the Regulations! Register here.
May 7: Write Like a Rockstar. Register here.
May 7: AWE: To Pivot or Not to Pivot? FAQ about adapting your business. Register here.
May 7: BusinessLink: Business Growth During & After COVID-19. Register here.
May 7: Business Sustainability During Times of Crisis. Register here.
Check out more events on our Pandemic Training Calendar