COVID-19 in Edmonton

Our community has questions about Edmonton's response to and experience of the pandemic. We're keeping a running list of answers, curated from reliable sources.

Updated entries


Should people wear non-medical masks?

Yes, when you're out in public and unsure if you can keep a safe distance from others.


 safety, health
 published on Thursday, May 21, 2020
 updated


How long does the virus live on fabric?

There isn’t concrete information on this yet — but experts guess anywhere from a few hours to a day.


 safety
 published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
 updated


How have shopping malls been affected?

Most shopping malls in Edmonton have reopened to the public, with modified hours.


 business
 published on Saturday, March 28, 2020
 updated


What are the likely timelines for reopening?

There is a three-stage plan to relaunch Alberta’s economy.


 business, community, economy
 published on Monday, May 11, 2020
 updated


What resources are in place to help families who are staying home?

There is support available for those who need help with food, finances, mental health and more.


 community, economy
 published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
 updated


What is the public testing strategy?

Anyone with symptoms, close contact to COVID-19 cases or meeting asymptomatic testing criteria can get tested.


 testing, community, health
 published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
 updated


How are local businesses being affected?

Edmonton businesses are struggling, with 50% indicating they may shut down.


 business, community, economy
 published on Friday, April 17, 2020
 updated


Is it OK to drive to the mountains?

National parks remain closed, and provincial parks have reopened for day use only.


 travel, safety, community
 published on Friday, April 17, 2020
 updated


How will the City of Edmonton be impacted financially by the pandemic?

The city faces millions of dollars in losses and has been forced to make temporary layoffs.


 government
 published on Friday, April 3, 2020
 updated


What powers does the declaration of a state of local emergency provide?

Broad powers and responsibilities.


 government
 published on Friday, March 20, 2020
 updated


For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, see edmonton.ca/covid19, alberta.ca/covid19, canada.ca/covid19, and the World Health Organization.