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Vaccines available for all Albertans 5+

COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get the virus. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. (Alberta.ca)

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, or to book your appointment visithttps://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

Provincial public health measures

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Public health measures will be phased out in 3 steps, beginning with lower-risk activities:

STEP 1

Alberta entered Step 1 on February 9. The following changes are in effect.

  • Restrictions Exemption Program removed, along with most associated restrictions.
  • Capacity limits in large facilities and entertainment venues (500+) remain in place, but food and beverages now allowed in seats.
  • Capacity limits for locations not covered under the REP program are removed.
  • Mandatory masking requirements removed for:
    • children 12 and under in all settings as of February 14
    • children and youth in schools for any age as of February 14

STEP 2

Alberta will enter Step 2 starting on March 1. At that time, the following measures will be updated:

  • Any remaining school requirements removed (for example: Kindergarten to grade 6 cohorting).
  • Youth screening activities for entertainment and sport activities removed
  • Capacity on all large venues and entertainment venues lifted.
  • Restrictions lifted on interactive activities, table limits, liquor sales and closing times for bars, restaurants and other food serving businesses.
  • Indoor and outdoor social gathering limits lifted, including for all wedding and funeral events. 
  • Mandatory work-from-home requirements lifted.
  • Provincial mask mandate lifted except:             
    • on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13 and older
    • at AHS-operated and contracted facilities, and all continuing care settings   

STEP 3

Alberta has entered Step 3 after declining hospitalization rates effective midnight June 14.

  • Mandatory isolation becomes a recommendation
  • Mandatory masking on public transit is lifted
  • Masking in Alberta Health Services (AHS) and contracted health facilities will remain in place to align with AHS policy

Prevent the spread

The Government of Alberta recommends the following steps you can take to protect yourself and others:

  • practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
  • practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing

Isolation helps prevent the spread by reducing the number of people you could infect by staying home and avoiding others. If you test positive or have symptoms not related to a pre-existing condition, you are legally required to isolate as outlined below:

  • Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Starting the first day of symptoms or positive test, isolate for a minimum of 5 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Following isolation, wear a mask at all times when around others outside of home for up to 5 more days (10 total). This means you must eat or drink alone, away from others.
  • Not fully vaccinated (1 dose or less): Starting the first day of symptoms or positive test, isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
  • If you test negative and have symptoms, you should still stay home and away from others until symptoms resolve.

For more information on what you can do to prevent the spread, click the link: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx

Alberta's vaccination program is led by the provincial government.  COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.

For more information or to book an appointment click the link: COVID-19 vaccine

  • If you are an isolated senior or have mobility issues and need assistance getting to your appointment, 211 may be able to help.  Dial 2-1-1 or click the link: 211 transportation assistance

All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.  For more information visit: Job-Protected Leave for Vaccination

Service Canada

Service Canada has resources available for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click the links for more information:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Government of Canada provided the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who stopped working because of COVID-19.  The CERB has ended, however, Canadians can access support through Employment Insurance (EI).  Click the link for more information: Transitioning from CERB to EI

Government Of Alberta Assistance

Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta.

Government Of Canada Assistance

Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada.

* Support for businesses, non-profit organizations, and charities, please select the "Information for Businesses" tab below.

COVID-19 and Seasonal Agricultural Workers

For more information visit COVID-19 and Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Alberta

Working with Animals During Covid-19

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Poultry Industry Council

Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers

The Government of Canada has announced support for farmers and agri-food businesses through Farm Credit Canada. 

For more information visit Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers

Funding for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

  • Alberta Jobs Now: third intake to be announced
    • The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide funding to help private and non-profit businesses support Albertans across the province to get back to work and help Alberta’s economy recover. Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training Albertans in new or vacant positions. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees.  
    • For more information visit alberta.ca/jobsnow
  • Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG): The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their present or future employees for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees. Learn more about the program and apply online at alberta.ca/CAJG.
  • Additional Government of Alberta Support: The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, rent assistance, etc.  Click the link for more information: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) for Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses. Click the link for more information: Government of Canada assistance for businesses, non-profits, and charities impacted by COVID-19
  • Community Futures Small Business Loans: Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region can apply for business loans through Community Futures Lethbridge Region.  Click the link for more information: Community Futures Small Business Loans

Resources For Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

  • To help small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link Alberta is offering a one-stop shop for resources and supports including free advice and coaching. Services are available by phone, email or live chat.
  • Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click the link for more information: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List
  • Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.

Alberta Network Of On-Highway Facilities & Services For Truckers

An interactive map is available on 511Alberta for truck drivers to find open restaurants, restrooms and showers on Alberta highways.  Click the link to view the map: Map of Facilities and Services for Truckers

Family And Community Support Services (FCSS) - For MD of Taber Residents

FCSS Website

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR DISABILITY SERVICE PROVIDERS

COVID-19 information for disability service providers is available on the Government of Alberta website.

Help During Tough Times - Alberta Health Services

This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.

Assistance For Low German Speaking Citizens

Click the link for a full list of resources: Resources in Low German

Click the link for information on how to find assistance: Help in Low German 

Healthy Alberta

Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing. 

Wellness Together Canada

Wellness Together Canada offers mental health and substance use support.  It provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

Assistance With Pets

The Alberta SPCA has a program available to assist people with their pets during COVID-19. This includes pet food for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

Important Phone Numbers

ABTraceTogether App

Download the ABTraceTogether app, a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you have been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you have exposed others.

Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information 

Click the link to view information on wearing masks: Guidance for wearing of non-medical face masks for the general public

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