Calgary restaurants, salons to reopen Monday as part of Alberta’s relaunch
Alright, Calgary. Today in a press conference held by Premier Jason Kenney, it was announced that the city will reopen its restaurants and salons on Monday, May 25th as part of Alberta’s phase 1 relaunch strategy.
The announcement comes (with a heck of a lot more warning) than that made on May 13th, only 18 hours before local establishments were ready to move forward. This last-minute decision left a ton of salons and eateries overstocked and with re-hired employees without hours.
LIVE: Announcing that #Calgary and #Brooks are ready for the next step of #AlbertaRelaunch, reopening hairdressing and barbershops, as well as restaurants, cafes, and pubs at 50% capacity. https://t.co/V9xmmKLrNK
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) May 22, 2020
As we’re sure you remember, salons, bars, and restaurants were initially part of the first phase. Unfortunately for businesses and those yearning for a more social(ly distanced) atmosphere, after further deliberation by the government, and a recommendation made by Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw, Calgary and Brooks were told to hold off due to the number of cases of COVID-19 in each city.
Of course, businesses that choose to reopen Monday will have to comply with recommendations from health officials. These include things like a limited capacity of 50%, wearing personal protective equipment, and increased sanitization practices. For those who need peace of mind, the government actually published Alberta’s relaunch guidelines here.
The premier also announced that day camps, including summer school, places of worship, and post-secondary institutions will also be able to reopen at limited capacity on June 1st. “We’re on the right track,” he said.
There you have it, Calgary! Patio season is officially upon us! Just remember, be safe, be smart, and wash your hands!