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Archived COVID-19 AGLC updates

 

Below are archived updates, please visit AGLC.ca/COVID-19 for the latest updates. 

Last updated: February 28, 2022

The Alberta government announced that the province will progress to Step Two of its three-step approach to lifting public health restrictions on March 1, 2022. More information about the announcement, three-step approach and current public health orders is available at COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca.

Step Two

Effective March 1, 2022:

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

  • Capacity limits are lifted for all venues.
  • Limits on indoor and outdoor social gatherings are lifted.
  • Restrictions on interactive activities, liquor service and operating hours are lifted.
  • Mandatory work from home requirements are lifted.
  • The provincial mask mandate is lifted except in high-risk settings, including on public transit, AHS-operated and contracted facilities and all continuing care facilities.

Municipalities may have additional requirements set out through bylaw. Please follow all restrictions that your municipality may have in place.

Step Three

The timeline for Alberta entering Step Three is to be determined and will depend on hospitalization rates continuing to trend downward.

  • COVID-specific measures in continuing care will be removed.
  • Mandatory isolation becomes a recommendation only.

More information and guidance for businesses and event organizers is available at COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca. Please also check the questions and answers under the Resources section above. Additional details will be added to AGLC.ca as soon as they are available.

 

February 14, 2022

The Alberta government announced public health measures will be lifted in three steps, starting February 9. More information about the announcement, three-step approach and current public health orders is available at COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca. 

Step One

Effective February 8 at 11:59 p.m.:

Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) ends, along with most associated restrictions.

Entertainment venues will continue to have some specific rules in place:

  • Restrictions on closing times, alcohol service, table capacity in restaurants and interactive activities will remain in force. This includes:
    • Limit of 10 people maximum per table. No mingling between tables. No interactive activities (for example: dancing, darts and billiards).
    • Businesses with a Class A or C liquor licence or Special Event Licence: Liquor service must end at 11 p.m. and premises must close by 12:30 a.m., with the exception of take-out and delivery services (for example: bowling alleys, bingo and pool halls, casinos and indoor recreation entertainment centres).
    • Businesses with a Gaming Licence, Facility Licence, or Class B liquor licence: Liquor service must end at 11 pm and stop liquor consumption at 12:30 am.

Food and beverage service:

  • Food and drink consumption can resume while:
    • in seated audience settings or during intermissions.
    • seated at a gaming terminal (VLTs or slot machines), table games or bingo.
  • Limit of 10 people maximum per table. No mingling between tables.

For all businesses, venues and facilities – whether they were previously eligible for the REP or not – capacity limits are removed, except for:

  • 50 per cent if facility has fire occupancy load over 1,000.
  • 500 attendees if facility has fire occupancy load between 500 and 999.
  • No capacity limit if facility has fire occupancy load under 499.

Masking requirements remain for youth and adults 13+ in all indoor public settings. Beginning February 14, mandatory masking requirements are removed for children under 13 in all settings.

Information on all current restrictions is available at alberta.ca/CovidMeasures.

Additional details on requirements will be released prior to each step at alberta.ca/CovidMeasures.

Step Two

Alberta will enter Step Two starting on March 1, if hospitalizations are trending downwards. At that time, the following measures will be updated:

  • Any remaining provincial school requirements (including cohorting) will be removed.
  • Screening prior to youth activities will no longer be required.
  • Capacity limits will be lifted for all venues.
  • Limits on social gatherings will be removed.
  • Provincial mask mandate will be removed
  • Mandatory work from home removed.

Step Three

The timeline for Alberta entering Step Three is to be determined and will depend on hospitalization rates continuing to trend downward.

  • COVID-specific measures in continuing care will be removed.
  • Mandatory isolation becomes a recommendation only.
  • More information and guidance for businesses and event organizers is available at COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca

    Please also check the questions and answers under the Resources section above.

January 24, 2022

Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program can operate with fewer restrictions if they require patrons 12 and over to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result. New measures came into effect December 24. Masks are mandatory indoors.

Operators that are out of scope or choose not to fully implement the REP must comply with all public health restrictions outlined in Order 55-2021.

For indoor facilities that participate in the REP:

  • Limit of 10 people maximum per table. No mingling between tables. No interactive activities (for example: dancing, darts and billiards).
  • Venues with a gaming licence, facility licence or a Class B licence must end liquor service at 11 p.m. and stop liquor consumption at 12:30 a.m. (for example: bowling alleys, bingo and pool halls, casinos and indoor recreation entertainment centres).
  • For Special Event Licences, liquor service ends at 11p.m. and must close at 12:30 a.m. Businesses with Class A or C liquor licenses must end liquor service at 11pm and close at 12:30 a.m.
  • No food or beverages, including water, are allowed at gaming terminals or gaming tables (effective January 7, 2022)

Updated guidance (January 2022) for businesses and event organizers is available at COVID-19 information: requirements for the Restrictions Exemption Program - Open Government (alberta.ca). Please also check the questions and answers under the Resources section above.

December 21, 2021 - 4:30 p.m.

The Alberta Government has announced new mandatory measures that take effect December 24, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.

For venues in the Restrictions Exemption Program:

  • Maximum table capacity of 10 people in restaurants, pubs and bars. No mingling between tables.
  • No interactive activities at restaurants, pubs and bars (e.g., dancing, darts and billiards).
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars must stop liquor service at 11 p.m., and close at 12:30 a.m.

Restrictions continue for both indoor and outdoor social gatherings, weddings, funerals, places of worship and businesses. Masking remains mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including in facilities participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program.

September 20, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

On September 15, 2021, government declared a state of public health emergency and introduced new temporary health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, increase vaccination rates and expand capacity of the health-care system. All restrictions are province-wide.

Masking and physical distancing are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except while alone in work stations.

Effective September 20, 2021:

Some businesses are eligible to participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP). Participating in the REP permits in-scope businesses, entities and organizers to operate without most public health restrictions as outlined in Order 43-2021. Masks are still mandatory indoors.

Detailed information about the REP is available at: COVID-19 public health actions | Alberta.ca

Municipalities may have additional requirements set out through bylaw. Please follow all restrictions that your municipality may have in place.

Retail cannabis and liquor stores – Not eligible to participate in the REP
Must comply to the following mandatory public health measures:

  • Capacity restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy.
  • Masking and physical distancing must be in place. 
  • Attendees must be with household members only, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.

Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and nightclubs – Eligible to participate in the REP
Restaurants, lounges and cafés that have Class A licences that implement the REP will be permitted to resume normal operations, including the resumption of liquor service until the end time on their licence. 

  • Patrons must wear a mask while standing or moving around, but they can remove it to eat or drink while seated. 
  • If a bar or nightclub has a dance floor and utilizes the REP, patrons can dance with masks and no physical distancing. 
  • Entertainment is permitted when implementing the REP

Organizations not participating in REP must comply to the following public health measures:

  • Indoor dining is not permitted.
  • Outdoor dining only with a maximum of 6 people per table (one household or 2 close contacts for those living alone)
  • Liquor sales and consumption restrictions apply (sales end at 10pm, consumption by 11pm).

Casinos, bingo halls, racing entertainment centres (REC) – Eligible to participate in the REP
Casinos, bingo halls and RECs that implement the REP can operate as per normal, with some restrictions.

  • Patrons must wear a mask while standing, moving around or at the table, but they can remove it to eat or drink while seated standing but not moving.
  • Restaurants, lounges and cafés that have Class A licences within gaming facilities that implement the REP will be permitted to resume normal operations, including the resumption of liquor service until the end time on their licence. Patrons must be masked when they are not eating or drinking.

Organizations not participating in REP must comply with the following public health measures:

  • Capacity will be restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy. 
  • Attendees must be with household members only, or two close contacts if they live alone.
  • Ensure physical distancing of 2 metres between persons who are not part of the same cohort. Alternatively, partitions can be used to protect patrons and staff where it is safe and makes sense to do so.
  • Casinos that chose not to implement the REP cannot serve food, liquor or any beverages. However, they can choose to apply the REP at their restaurants, which would be able to operate as indicated above.
  • Bingo halls that choose not to implement the REP cannot serve food or liquor.

VLT retailers – Eligible to participate in the REP
VLT retailers who choose to participate in the REP may operate as per normal, with some restrictions. 

  • Patrons must wear a mask while standing or moving around, but they can remove it to eat or drink while seated or standing by not moving.
  • Restaurants, lounges and cafés that have Class A licences that implement the REP will be permitted to resume normal operations, including the resumption of liquor service until the end time on their licence. 

Organizations not participating in REP must comply with the following public health measures:

  • Capacity will be restricted to 1/3 fire code occupancy. 
  • Attendees must be with household members only, or two close contacts if they live alone.
  • Ensure physical distancing of 2 metres between persons who are not part of the same cohort. Alternatively, partitions can be used to protect patrons and staff where it is safe and makes sense to do so.
  • Prohibited from serving food, liquor, or beverages.

Indoor and outdoor public events – Host public facility is eligible to participate in REP

  • Indoor wedding ceremonies are permitted with up to 50 people or 50% of fire code occupancy, whichever is less.
  • Indoor wedding receptions are prohibited, unless the hosting facility implements the REP.
  • Outdoor ceremonies, services and receptions are permitted with up to 200 people and must follow liquor sales and consumption restrictions (sales end at 10pm, consumption by 11pm), unless the hosting facility implements the REP.
  • All events in private dwellings are not eligible for the REP.

AGLC will continue to monitor and assess current health measures that impact licensees and provide updates to this page as they are made available.


September 4, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

On September 3, 2021, government announced temporary health measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed.

Effective September 4, 2021:

  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are required to cease liquor sales by 10 p.m. Premises may remain open, however no liquor service may be provided as per public health orders.
  • Licensed establishments may continue to provide food and liquor pickup and delivery service after 10 p.m. – up to the end time on their licence. This is for off-premises liquor consumption only.
  • A mandatory provincewide indoor masking requirement is in effect. This applies to locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public.
  • Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person contacts and unvaccinated Albertans are strongly recommended to limit indoor social gatherings to close contacts of only two cohort families up to a maximum of 10 people.

AGLC will continue to monitor and assess current health measures that impact licensees and provide updates to this page as they are made available.

June 30, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.

Starting July 1, 2021, Alberta will enter Stage 3 in Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan:

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain.
  • The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

All gaming venues, licensed premises, and cannabis and liquor retailers may lift restrictions on masking, capacity and distancing at their discretion.*
*Please follow restrictions that your municipality may have in place.

June 10, 2021 - 1:00 p.m.

Effective June 10, 2021, Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan enters Stage 2, as per the current public health order. Gaming, liquor and cannabis licensees should take note of updated operational criteria including hours of operation, allowable activities and the collection of contact information requirements.

Effective June 10, 2021, under Stage 2:

Class A or C liquor licensed establishments:

  • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted.
  • Up to a maximum of six people per table; different households can dine together but must stay 2 metres apart.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.
  • Tables and dining parties must be 2 metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission.
  • Individuals must stay seated with their dining party unless using the washroom, paying or entering/exiting the facility. Masks must be worn indoors when not at your table.
  • Class A or C liquor licensees, including but not limited to restaurants, bars, lounges, pubs, cafes, legions or private clubs are prohibited from: serving liquor after 11 p.m., and providing food and beverage services or allowing persons to remain seated to consume food or beverages after 12 a.m.
  • Class A and C licensees may still continue to provide pickup and delivery services after 12 a.m. – up to the end time on their licence.
  • VLTs are permitted. Patrons must remain seated and must mask when indoors and not at their table.
  • No other forms of entertainment are permitted (e.g., pool tables, live music, etc.).
  • Dinner theatres are permitted at 1/3 capacity.
  • Nightclubs must remain closed until Stage 3.

Gaming licensed venues:

  • Indoor settings may open with up to one-third of fire code occupancy, including casinos, gaming and racing entertainment centres and bingo halls.
  • VLTs are permitted. Patrons must remain seated and must mask when indoors and not at their table.

Liquor and cannabis licensed retail locations:

  • Retail capacity increases to one-third of fire code occupancy.

Indoor and outdoor public events:

  • Indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies may occur with up to 20 attendees. Receptions are permitted outdoors.
  • Indoor and outdoor funeral services remain unchanged with up to 20 people permitted. Receptions are permitted outdoors.
  • Outdoor public gatherings (such as concerts and festivals) are permitted with up to 150 people.
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (such as grandstands) are limited to 1/3 of their total seated capacity.
  • Masks must be worn indoors (going inside for snacks or to the washroom).

Government will be providing further details for Stage 2 soon. AGLC encourages licenses to continue checking alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx for updates and protocols required under this Stage. All relevant details will be posted under Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan.

May 31, 2021 - 2:00 p.m.

On May 31, 2021, the Government of Alberta updated guidelines for businesses preparing for Stage 1 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, as per the current public health order. Liquor licensees should take note of updated operational criteria including hours of operation, allowable activities and the collection of contact information requirements.

Effective June 1, 2021:

  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.
  • Up to a maximum of four people per table from same household or a maximum of three people per table for people living alone and two close contacts.
  • Class A or C liquor licensees, including but not limited to restaurants, bars, lounges, pubs, cafes, legions or private clubs are prohibited from:
    • serving liquor after 10 p.m., and
    • providing food and beverage services or allowing persons to remain seated to consume food or beverages after 11 p.m.
  • Class A and C licensees may still continue to provide pickup and delivery services after 11 p.m. – up to the end time on their licence.
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)
  • At this time, gaming facilities including casinos, racing entertainment centres, bingo halls and VLT retailers remain closed until further notice.

May 27, 2021 - 2:00 p.m.

On May 26, 2021, the Alberta government announced the province’s Open for Summer Plan, a three-stage road map to lifting health restrictions and safely getting back to normal.

On June 1, unless otherwise stated, Alberta will move to Stage 1. Starting then, retail services, including liquor and cannabis stores, may remain open with customer capacity limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

  • This includes individual stores and common areas.
  • Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged, as permitted by AGLC policy and regulations.

Beginning at the same time, dining on outdoor patios can reopen at all restaurants, lounges and cafés.

  • Up to a maximum of four people per table; individuals must be from same household or the two close contacts for people living alone.
  • Restaurants, lounges and cafés pubs must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.
  • Tables and dining parties must be two metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission.
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)
  • Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.

Temporary authority to enforce public health orders, including those impacting retail and food and beverage services (restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafés) remain in effect for enforcement partners, including AGLC.

For more information on Alberta’s current public health orders, please visit: alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

May 5, 2021 - 2:00 p.m.

On May 4, 2021, the Alberta government introduced new mandatory health restrictions to help stop the spike of COVID-19 in communities with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with 30 or more active cases.

Effective May 5, retail services, including liquor and cannabis stores, must limit customer capacity to 10 per cent of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of five customers. Curbside pickup and delivery (as permitted by AGLC policy and regulations), as well as online services are encouraged.

Effective May 9 at 11:59 p.m., in-person dining on patios is prohibited at all restaurants, bars, pubs, lounges and cafés. Take-out and delivery services are still permitted.

Temporary authority to enforce public health orders, including those impacting retail and food and beverage services (restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafés) remain in effect for enforcement partners, including AGLC.

For more information on Alberta’s current public health orders, please visit: alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

April 30, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.

On April 29, 2021, the Alberta government announced new regional restrictions to help bend the curve. Government has granted certain Alberta peace officers and community peace officers temporary authority to enforce public health orders, including those impacting retail and food and beverage services (restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafés).

April 7, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.

On April 6, 2021, the government announced that Alberta is returning to Step 1 of the four-step framework to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide.

Effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2021, all retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, not including staff.

  • Liquor retail outlets may remain open with capacity limited to 15 per cent of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
  • Cannabis retail outlets may remain open with capacity limited to 15 per cent occupancy.
  • This includes individual stores and common areas.

Effective at noon on Friday, April 9, in-person services is no longer permitted in restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes.

  • Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
  • Outdoor patio dining is also allowed. Tables and dining parties must be two metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission.
  • Household members only, or two close contacts of someone who lives alone.
  • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party.

March 10, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.

With hospitalizations well below 450, on March 8, 2021, the Alberta government announced the completion of Step 2.

Effective March 8, 2021, all retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 25 per cent of fire code occupancy, not including staff. This is an increase from 15 per cent.

  • Liquor retail outlets may remain open with capacity limited to 25 per cent of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.
  • Cannabis retail outlets may remain open with capacity limited to 25 per cent occupancy.
  • This includes individual stores and common areas.

February 1, 2021 - 3:00 p.m.

On January 29, 2021, government announced that additional health measures will ease beginning February 8 for restaurants, indoor fitness and some children’s activities.

Step 1 of Alberta’s four-step framework to ease restrictions is based on a COVID-19 hospitalization benchmark of 600, including intensive care patients, which was reached on January 28.

Effective February 8:

  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs must collect the contact information of one person from the dining party.
  • Up to a maximum of six people per table; individuals must be from same household or the two close contacts for people living alone.
  • Liquor service ends at 10 p.m.
  • In-person dining must close by 11 p.m.
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)

At this time, gaming facilities including casinos, racing entertainment centres, bingo halls and VLT retailers remain closed. The full, four-step framework for easing restrictions can be viewed here.

AGLC will continue to monitor and assess current health measures that impact licensees and provide updates to this page as they are made available.

January 22, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.

On January 21, 2021, the Alberta government announced current public health measures will remain in place provincewide until further notice. At this time, the following restrictions remain in place:

  • all restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes in Alberta may not offer in-person service.
  • all casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks and private clubs remain closed.
  • reduced customer capacity for retail services to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Please refer to the Questions and Answers for Gaming Venues, Liquor Licensed Venues and Cannabis Retailers under Resources in the section above for the most up-to-date information. More information on sector guidelines can be found at Alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

January 8, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.

On January 7, 2021, the Alberta government announced enhanced public health measures will remain in place provincewide until at least January 21. At this time, the following restrictions remain in place:

  • all restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes in Alberta will no longer offer in-person service.
  • all casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks and private clubs will be closed.
  • the reduction of customer capacity for retail services to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Please refer to the Questions and Answers for Gaming Venues, Liquor Licensed Venues and Cannabis Retailers under Resources in the section above for the most up-to-date information. More information on sector guidelines can be found at Alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

December 11, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

On December 8, 2020, the Alberta government announced, effective December 13 starting at 12:01 a.m. until January 12, 2021 (four weeks):

  • all restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes in Alberta will no longer offer in-person service.
  • all casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks and private clubs will be closed.
  • the reduction of customer capacity for retail services to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy.

Please refer to the Questions and Answers for Gaming Venues, Liquor Licensed Venues and Cannabis Retailers under Resources in the section above for the most up-to-date information. More information on sector guidelines can be found at Alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

November 29, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

The Alberta government and public health officials have issued a new order specific to VLT operations.

Effective November 29, all VLTs in restaurants, lounges and pubs in regions under government’s enhanced status may be operated from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

VLT establishments not in enhanced regions may continue to operate up to the end time on their licence.

November 26, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Starting Friday, November 27, 2020, gaming, liquor and cannabis licensees in regions under government’s enhanced status will have new restrictions as part of Alberta’s State of Public Health Emergency to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measure are mandatory.

Please refer to the Questions and Answers for Gaming Venues, Liquor Licensed Venues and Cannabis Retailers under Resources in the section above for the most up-to-date information. More information on sector guidelines can be found at Alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

November 13, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Effective Friday, November 13, 2020, restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs (specifically Class A, B and C licensed establishments) in regions under government’s enhanced status must cease liquor service by 10 p.m. Food service and all consumption must end by 11 p.m. and the licensed premises (with the exception of Class B licensees) must close to in-person service. This measure is mandatory and will be in effect from November 13-27, 2020, inclusive.

Please refer to the Questions and Answers for Liquor Licensed Venues and Gaming Venues under Resources in the section above for the most up-to-date information. Guidance documents are also available for liquor licensees at alberta.ca/BizConnect

September 3, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

As of Thursday, September 3, table games may resume in Alberta, including at charitable casinos and Host First Nation casinos. With the reopening of table games, charitable casino events may also resume. Please refer to the Questions and Answers for Gaming Venues under Resources in the section above for the most up-to-date information. Guidance documents are also available for casino operators at alberta.ca/BizConnect

June 19, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

AGLC Prize Payout Offices in Calgary and St. Albert are re-opening on June 22, 2020.  

For the safety of staff and players, all in-person claims are by appointment only. Walk-in claims will not be accepted.

As outlined in the second phase of the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy, additional businesses are permitted to reopen and resume operations with two metre (six feet) physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place.

More information on the re-opening of the AGLC Prize Payout Offices can be found here

June 18, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

Liquor licensees are encouraged to review the updated Questions and Answers document specific to stage two of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.

June 9, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

As part of the Alberta government’s relaunch strategy, on Friday, June 12, gaming facilities (casinos, racing entertainment centres (REC) and bingo halls) may reopen in Alberta, and VLT operations can commence throughout Alberta.

May 22, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

A significant decline in the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Calgary and Brooks means both cities can reopen more businesses starting May 25. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars in all regions can reopen for table service at 50 per cent capacity. AGLC encourages all licensees to continue reviewing the updated Questions and Answers under Resources at AGLC.ca/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information.

May 21, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Following government’s announcement that some businesses and services identified in stage one may begin to resume their operations as early as May 14, 2020, AGLC recognizes that businesses are eager to resume their operations and have many questions. Licensees are encouraged to review the updated Questions and Answers under Resources at AGLC.ca/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information.

May 19, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

Starting on May 14, 2020, businesses and services identified in stage one of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy may begin to resume their operations in all areas of Alberta except Calgary and Brooks. Eligible businesses and services in these municipalities may begin business resumption as early as May 25, 2020.

Cafes, restaurants and bars can reopen for public seating at only 50% capacity, but only table service will be provided, as patrons will not be able order food or drinks from the bar.

AGLC understands licensees have many questions regarding business resumption and is working with government to provide updates as quickly as possible. Licensees are encouraged to visit Alberta.ca/BizConnect – government’s online resource to provide business owners with information on health and safety guidelines.

May 6, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.

Following government’s announcement of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy on April 30, 2020, AGLC recognizes that businesses are eager to resume their operations and have many questions. Licensees are encouraged to review the Questions and Answers document.

Please continue to check back for updates or visit Alberta.ca/COVID19 for the most up-to-date information.

May 1, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

On April 30, 2020, Premier Kenney announced that the province will begin to roll-out a phased approach relaunch of the economy. Phase 1 may start as early as May 14, 2020.

As part of the first phase, cafes, restaurants and bars can reopen for public seating at 50% capacity, but only table service will be provided, as patrons will not be able order food or drinks from the bar.

AGLC is working closely with government and will provide details of these changes in the coming days. Please continue to check back for updates or visit AGLC.ca/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information.

April 6, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

As a temporary measure during Alberta's Public Health Order as a result of COVID-19, where public attendance is prohibited, AGLC will accept requests to temporarily convert licences (Class B and C) for recreational facilities, entertainment centres, clubs, etc. to a Class A to allow for liquor off-sales (curb-side pick-up) and delivery. For more information, please contact Inspections.Mailbox@aglc.ca or call 1-800-272-8876

March 31, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

AGLC recognizes and will continue responding to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic by prioritizing the health and safety of staff, players and the public.

Given the continuous developments around COVID-19, AGLC would like to direct lottery players to the WCLC website for the most up-to date information and answers to frequently asked questions.

AGLC staff are here to support players and are responsive to questions via email at payoutsa@aglc.ca.

AGLC continues to create and implement measures that minimize the risk of transmission while following the guidelines set forth by public health agencies and the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

March 30, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Liquor and cannabis retail outlets, manufacturers and producers as well as warehousers and distributors and AGLC operations are considered essential operations at this time. More information can be found at www.alberta.ca/essential-services.

March 26, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

AGLC recognizes that this is a challenging time for charitable groups. Organizations inquiring about the closure of casinos and the status of casino events, or whether there are any changes to how charitable gaming proceeds may be used during the COVID-19 crisis are encouraged to review the Questions and Answers under Resources at AGLC.ca/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information.

March 20, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

AGLC supports cannabis and liquor licensees and their employees as they continue their business operations. AGLC encourages all retailers to follow the guidance of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health by adding extra cleaning and health protocols and continuing to monitor the situation as it evolves.

Liquor and cannabis retail stores continue to operate.

There have been no impacts to the liquor or cannabis supply chains to date, and AGLC appreciates the hard work of our partners in supply, warehousing, and distribution. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make operational changes if and when there is different direction from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

March 17, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Earlier today, the Government of Alberta declared a public health emergency.

Effective immediately, all casinos, racing entertainment centres and bingo halls will close until further notice.  

Other food service facilities, including those with a minors-allowed liquor licence, are limited to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 50 people, whichever is lower. Take-out and delivery service is also permitted. Class A licensed facilities will also be permitted to deliver liquor. Until further notice, all Albertans are restricted from attending bars and nightclubs, where minors are prohibited by law.

To learn more about how this will impact gaming and liquor licensed venues, including bars, casinos and bingo halls, please refer to the government’s news release: Alberta.ca.


 

Back to AGLC.ca/COVID-19 for the latest updates.