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 have both seen higher numbers of COVID-19, will reopen more slowly than the rest of the province. Restaurants, cafés, hair salons and barbershops are slated to open on May 25.
Non-urgent surgeries which require overnight stays will resume on May 25, health minister Tyler Shandro announced on May 22.
"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," writes the Edmonton Journal
There is no timeline on the second stage, but it could see movie theatres and kindergarten-to-Grade-12 schools open with restrictions, as well as some larger gatherings, to name a few. Kenney indicated it would not begin before June 19. 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."