Open for Summer Plan - AB Government Covid-19

Jul. 01, 2021

Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan: Stage 3, Thursday July 1, 2021

*AB Health is not going to produce a specific SPAR Guidance Document for Stage 3.

Here is what they indicated.

We updated general guidance, put out one for working with children 0-11 and archived previous spar guidance.

Please see the links below to the General Guidance Document, Children’s activities and Camps Guidance;


Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan: Stage 2, Thursday June 10, 2021

Fitness, recreation and sport activities (indoor and outdoor)

Mandatory - Province wide - Effective June 10

Indoor fitness and recreation facilities

  • Indoor recreation facilities (such as arenas, indoor wave pools, children play centres, bowling alleys and rec centres) can open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy.
  • Gyms and fitness studios can open for solo and drop-in activities, one-on-one training, and indoor fitness classes.
  • Additional safety measures include:
    • 3 metres of physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
    • Indoor fitness spaces, including spaces for group fitness classes, are limited to the number of people able to fit in the space while maintaining 3 metre distance from each other at all times.
    • Pools, steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs within a fitness facility may operate at one-third capacity (2 metre distance between households)
    • Trainers and instructors may be able to come within 3 metres distance of a client/participant for brief moments to correct form or help demonstrate. However, they must be masked during the interaction and sanitize hands before and after.
    • Masking is:
      • no longer required for exercise but is strongly encouraged for all participants, especially during indoor exercise classes or in small spaces with limited ventilation
      • still required when not engaging in the fitness activity, such as while  moving between fitness equipment or changing in locker rooms

Outdoor recreation facilities

  • Outdoor recreation facilities can open with no capacity limits, but 2 metres distance must be maintained between members of different households. Examples include: outdoor pools and spray parks, golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts, croquet pitches, running and bicycle tracks, velodromes.

Sport and recreation activities

  • All indoor and outdoor sport and recreation activities are permitted province wide, including:
    • team sports
    • group practices or training
    • games, competitions and league play
  • Physical distancing is not required during game play or sports practice, but is required outside of play/practice.
  • Masks are required for indoor sports that are primarily low-intensity physical activities (bowling).


  • Spectators can attend indoor and outdoor physical activities and performances:
    • 1/3 venue capacity for indoor activities (arenas, theatres) and for outdoor fixed-seated (grandstand) events
    • 150 people maximum for non-fixed seated events (this limit includes spectators, athletes/performers, production teams, referees and coaches)
    • 2 metres of physical distancing must be maintained at all times

Youth day and overnight camps

  • Camps can operate with cohorts of 50 or fewer participants.
    • Cohort is a group of participants and staff who stay together for duration of camp
    • Camps can have multiple cohorts (no capacity limit) but cohorts must be separated at all times, including dining and activities
    • Participants should reside in the same accommodation as the rest of their cohort for the duration of their stay (no rotating)
  • Masks are required in all communal indoor areas, but not in the accommodation area.

School activities

  • Students may participate in physical, performance and recreation activities as part of their education program inside a school building or at an outdoor location, with no restrictions.

Professional sport organizations

  • Professional sport organizations that have received an exemption can continue, as long as protocols are strictly followed.


Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan is a three-stage strategy that calls for re-opening all parts of the province with the gradual easing of very low risk activities in the first stage, followed by a significant easing in the second, and a removal of most restrictions in the third.


Stage 1: June 1, 2021

  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreational activities are permitted with up to 10 distanced people, for all ages.

Stage 2: June 10, 2021

  • Exact timing will be announced by the Government of Alberta
  • Expected to be in mid June
  • Indoor and outdoor youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions (any additional details will be shared at that time)

Stage 3: TBD

  • Exact timing will be announced by the Government of Alberta
  • Expected to be at the end of June
  • All restrictions are lifted (any additional details will be shared at that time)





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