What does the Third Lockdown Mean for Albertans?
Just when a lot of us thought that vaccinations meant a clear-cut path towards a COVID-free future, the Alberta Government has once again locked our province down. Since there is so much information floating around right now, we thought of outlining the current restrictions and how to book a vaccination appointment.
Indoor Social Gatherings: All indoor gatherings are prohibited, both public and private
Outdoor Social Gatherings: 5 people maximum (2 household cohorts maximum is encouraged) and social distancing must be maintained
Funerals: Funeral receptions are prohibited and only 10 people can attend funeral services
Weddings: 10 people maximum including the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses, and any photographers/videographers
Places of worship: 15 in-person attendees maximum
Schools: Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools will transition to online learning, effective May 7 and will return to in-class learning on May 25.
Indoor recreation: Indoor fitness — all facilities must close, including for one-on-one training
Outdoor recreation: All outdoor fitness, recreation and performance activities are prohibited, except with members of your own household or your 2 close contacts if you live alone
Restaurants, personal wellness services, and entertainment: Prohibited until further notice
Retail: Customer capacity limited to 10% of fire code occupancy, or 5 customers, whichever is greater. Staff are not included in this total
Anyone who is 12 or over the age of 12 can book their vaccination appointment with AHS online or over the phone by calling 811
You can also book an appointment through a local pharmacy
It can take up to 4 months to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and is dependent on your health status
Eligible for your second dose of:
Pfizer or Moderna no later than 4 months after the first dose
AstraZeneca no later than 4 months and no earlier than 12 weeks after the first dose
When to book:
Bookings for second doses will begin when supply allows, after all Albertans 12 and over have been offered a first dose, likely in late June
Contact your pharmacy or AHS closer to your eligibility date to book your next appointment.
Do not try booking in advance
Stay 2 metres apart from others
Wear a mask in public spaces, indoor workplaces, places of worship, retail centres, or anywhere else that you're coming into contact with others
Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often as well as covering coughs and sneezes
Monitor your symptoms every day
Isolate and get tested if you're feeling sick
If your test comes back positive, isolate for 10 days or until your symptoms are gone (whichever is longer)
If negative, stay home until you're feeling better