The Alberta government has a three-stage plan to relaunch the provincial economy. It began the pre-launch phase on May 1, allowing vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas in parks and on public lands. Golf courses closely followed on May 2, and dentists, dieticians, physiotherapists, audiologists and other health-care providers were allowed to open for business on May 4.
Stage 1 began on May 14
, with retailers allowed to open clothing, furniture and book stores. Hairstyling salons, barbershops and some other personal-care services are also able to open their doors if they wish, while cafés, restaurants and pubs can resume service at 50% capacity. Museums and art galleries can also open.
Calgary and Brooks, who had both seen higher numbers of COVID-19, initially reopened more slowly than the rest of the province. Restaurants, cafés, hair salons and barbershops there opened on May 25.
Non-urgent surgeries which require overnight stays resumed on May 25.
"Since the decision to pause elective surgeries, approximately 20,000 to 25,000 procedures were postponed as of April 30. About 20,000 urgent and emergent surgeries went ahead in March and April, and there is now a list of 80,000 Albertans waiting for non-urgent or elective surgeries," wrote the Edmonton Journal
Stage 2 began ahead of schedule on June 12, allowing movie theatres, team sports, libraries and instrumental concerts to resume, to name a few. It also allows kindergarten-to-Grade-12 schools open with restrictions, as well as some larger gatherings. Stage 3 would apply to all businesses and services, with several rules still in place for events like festivals.
"While we remain in the response phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to see the province’s plans for relaunch," Mayor Don Iveson said in a statement
on April 30. "As public health and economic restrictions are gradually relaxed, we will carefully assess our own approach for Edmonton’s relaunch."