Some businesses in Alberta are ready to invite customers back after several months of blinds pulled over windows, locked doors and calls sent to voicemail, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Stage 2 of Alberta’s summer reopening plan allows entertainment venues, closed since last December, to open again Thursday.
Movie theatres, casinos, cinemas, museums, galleries and libraries are free to open at 30 percent of fire code capacity. Restaurants are welcoming customers for indoor dining for the first time since early April, with a maximum of six people per table.
During Stage 1, restaurant dining was restricted to patios for up to four household members per table, or three people if diners who live alone were with two of their closest contacts.
In Stage 2, people are allowed to dine indoors again with up to six people per table and no requirement that they are from the same household.
Gyms and fitness studios can reopen for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with three-metre distancing. Personal and wellness services like hair salons and spas can now accept walk-in clients.
Outdoor social gatherings of up to 20 people are now permitted. Up to 20 people can attend a funeral or wedding, outdoors or indoors.
Retail businesses and places of worship can have up to one-third of fire code occupancy.
The government of Alberta says 65 percent of eligible Albertans have had their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. Launching Stage 2 was contingent on 60 percent of Albertans aged 12 and older having the first dose.
Stage 3 is expected to begin in late June or early July if 70 percent of eligible Albertans have had at least one vaccine dose.
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