Non-Essential Businesses Closed: Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Chief Tom Sampson announced the closure of personal care businesses, as defined in the Bylaw 32m98 include body rub or boy rub practitioners, and non-emergency, non-critical health care services, included, but not limited to, physiotherapy and massage. In addition, all organized sports are prohibited.
Economic Aid: Several comprehensive economic aid measures include Emergency Payment Program for Albertans facing self-isolation, deferral of Alberta Treasury Board loans, lines of credit and mortgages, deferral of corporate income tax until August 31, a 6-month moratorium on student loans, a deferment of electricity and natural gas payments for the next 90 days.
$60 million in funding for social agencies and an additional $30 million that will used to support seniors, as well as the first steps in providing short and long-term financial relief to the oil and gas industry were also released.
Premier Jason Kenney announced tax relief for the tourism industry. The new measures will free up more than $5 million in additional cash flow for employers. Full details here. The Premier also announced a $7.7 billion package in direct supports and deferrals designed to relieve the immediate financial burden to residential renters. The new measures include:
- Effective immediately, tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1.
- Effective immediately, rents will not increase while Alberta’s state of public health emergency remains in effect.
- Effective April 1, late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments for the next three months.
- Effective April 1, landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while the state of public health emergency is in effect.
Closures / Restrictions: The government announced that, through amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Fines now administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Courts also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more series violations. More details here.
Premier Jason Kenney announced that mass gatherings will be limited to 15 people. In addition, certain businesses and organization across the province will be prohibited effective immediately. Restrictions will be in place for the following classifications of business:
- Close contact businesses including hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services, as well as wellness studios and clinics and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
- Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer dine-in service. Take-out and delivery services will continue to be available.
- Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computer and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.
A more complete list of affected businesses is available here.