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Limited changes to restrictions effective April 7 and April 9

The Government of Alberta announced a return to Step 1 restrictions.

Effective April 7, retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers. This includes individual stores and common areas. All entertainment businesses and entities must remain closed.

Effective April 9 at noon, in-person service is not permitted indoors. Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for takeout, curbside pickup, delivery and outdoor patio dining that must follow provincial guidelines.

Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for activities permitted under Step 1, such as wedding ceremonies up to 10 people and funeral services up to 20 people.

All personal and wellness services are still able to be open by appointment only.

Visit the provincial website for full Step 1 measures and restrictions.

Several government programs have recently announced new or extended financial supports for businesses:

Alberta Relaunch Funding Program expansion as of February 4th. New businesses now eligible to apply. Businesses impacted by public health orders qualify based on 30% reduction in revenue comparing November or December 2020 to any other month between March and October 2020.

Applications for second payment opened December 14, thresholds reduced to 30% wage decrease due to COVID and amount increased to $20,000 total.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Additional funding announced.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Direct payments to renters and property owners. Businesses that are eligible for the base subsidy, and that have been adversely affected due to a public health lockdown can qualify for an additional Lockdown Support of 25% for each location.

Canada Emergency Business Account Loans increased to $60,000; previous recipients may apply for the $20,000 expansion.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended to June 2021; changes to the rates and top-up calculation.

Tourism Levy Abatement Abatement period extended from December 31, 2020 to March 21, 2021.

Businesses are supported during COVID-19 recovery

COVID-19 guidance for businesses

Resources offered to businesses

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority, and the COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly. As an economic driver, we value the critical role your business plays in our community providing products, services and employment.

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Last updated: Monday, January 18, 2021
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