Updates from the Government of Alberta
The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO). Alberta declared a public health emergency.
Confirmed cases: 690 in Alberta, 7,708 in Canada.
Last updated: March 31 at 11:30 am
Public health orders
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies now have full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines for violations.
- Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19.
- Mandatory 10-day self-isolation for people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- No gatherings with more than 15 people are allowed. Restrictions on mass gathering and businesses are now legally enforceable and subject to fines.
- Facilities under this order include all nursing homes, designated supportive living and long-term care facilities, seniors lodges and any facility in which residential addiction treatment services are offered under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.
View all public health orders
Mandatory self-isolation requirements
Self-isolation can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under public health order, you are legally required to self-isolate for:
- 14 days if you returned from international travel or are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur
- 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition
If you are self-isolating:
- stay home - do not attend work, social events or any other public gatherings
- avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
- don’t take public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing, where possible
- watch for symptoms
If you are in mandatory self-isolation:
To learn more on self-isolation and how to prepare visit the Government of Alberta's website on Self-Isolation.
- Do not go to school, work, other public areas or community settings.
- Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.
- You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessible by others.
- If you live in an apartment building or highrise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least 2 metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
- This directive is consistent with the new federal requirements under the Quarantine Act.