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COVID-19 Information


Vaccines available for all Albertans 5+, third dose boosters available for all 18+, fourth dose boosters for 18+ immunocompromised Albertans

All Albertans aged 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  All Albertans 18+ can get a third dose (booster), or immunocompromised Albertans 12+, 5 months after the second dose.  Immunocompromised Albertans aged 18 and over can also get a fourth dose booster.

COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get the virus. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. (Alberta.ca)

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, or to book your appointment visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

Provincial Public Health Measures

Public health measures are in effect across the province to address high COVID-19 transmission and hospital admissions:
  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces, workplaces, and places of worship
  • Isolation is still legally required for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive
  • Quarantine is no longer legally required for close contacts positive cases, unless directed to do so by local public health officials, however, anyone who is a household contact and is not fully immunized, should stay home for 14 days (i.e. not attend work, school or other activities)
This list is not exhaustive and the Government of Alberta website should be consulted for full details:
  • Restrictions to:
    • Social gatherings for vaccinated and unvaccinated Albertans (indoor and outdoor)
    • Places of worship
    • Retail, shopping malls and food courts
    • Youth sport, fitness, recreation and performance activities
    • Day and overnight camps
    • Outdoor events and facilities
    • Schools (K-12)
  • Mandatory work-from-home measures in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness

In-scope businesses, entities and events must follow one of these 2 options:

  1. Implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or
  2. Comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Public Health Orders

Click to learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx


PREVENT THE SPREAD:

The Government of Alberta recommends the following steps you can take to protect yourself and others:

  • practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
  • practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
  • Fully vaccinated:
    • If you are fully vaccinated and have symptoms and/or test positive with a PCR test, you are required to isolate for 5 days or until symptoms resolve — whichever is longer.
    • If you are fully vaccinated and without symptoms, but test positive with a rapid test, you are not required to isolate if:  
      • you test negative with a second rapid test taken 24 hours after the first test. You must isolate until this second test is taken.
      • you do not develop symptoms. If any symptom develops, you must isolate immediately.    
    • For 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times when around others outside of home.
  • Not fully vaccinated:
    • If you are unvaccinated and have symptoms and/or test positive with a PCR test, you are required to isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve — whichever is longer.
    • Household contacts who are not fully immunized should stay home for 14 days (i.e. not attend work, school or other activities).

For more information on what you can do to prevent the spread, click the link: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx




Alberta's vaccination program is currently underway and led by the provincial government.  COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.

All Albertans 5+ can book now.  Boosters (third doses) are available for all Albertans 18+ and immunocompromised Albertans 12+, 5 months after their second dose.  Fourth dose boosters are available for immunocompromised Albertans 18 and over.

For more information or to book an appointment click the link: COVID-19 vaccine

  • If you are an isolated senior or have mobility issues and need assistance getting to your appointment, 211 may be able to help.  Dial 2-1-1 or click the link: 211 transportation assistance

All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.  Click the link for more information: Job-Protected Leave for Vaccination

Service Canada

Service Canada has resources available for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click the links for more information:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Government of Canada provided the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who stopped working because of COVID-19.  The CERB has ended, however Canadians can access support through Employment Insurance (EI).  Click the link for more information: Transitioning from CERB to EI

Government of Alberta Assistance

Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta.

Government of Canada Assistance

Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada.

* For supports for businesses, non-profit organizations, and charities, please select the "Information for Businesses" tab below.

Covid-19 And Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Click the link for more information: COVID-19 and Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Alberta

Working With Animals During Covid-19

Click the links for more information: 

Canadian Cattlemen's Association

Alberta Pork

Poultry Industry Council

Government of Canada Assistance For Farmers

The Government of Canada has announced support for farmers and agri-food businesses through Farm Credit Canada. 

Click the link for more information: Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers

Funding for Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

  • Restrictions Exemption Program Implementation Grant: application intake is now open
    • Provides a one-time payment to eligible businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that choose to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.

      Organizations may use the funds as they see fit to help offset the costs of implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program.

    • The grant provides $2,000 for eligible small- and medium-sized organizations that choose to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.  The Government of Alberta has committed $20 million in funding for the Restrictions Exemption Program Implementation Grant. To be eligible, an Albertan organization must be:

      • on the list of eligible in-scope operators
      • implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program consistently as part of daily operations
      • verifying proof of vaccination, negative test results or medical exemption for patrons 12 and over
      • a permanent establishment in Alberta, and
      • employing fewer than 500 employees 
    • Visit https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-exemption-program-implementation-grant.aspx#jumplinks-0 for more information or to apply
  • Alberta Jobs Now: third intake to be announced
    • The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide funding to help private and non-profit businesses support Albertans across the province to get back to work and help Alberta’s economy recover. Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training Albertans in new or vacant positions. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees.  
    • For more information visit alberta.ca/jobsnow
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant: The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Spring application deadline was June 30, 2021.  For more information, or to check your application status, visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.
  • Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG): The Alberta government is temporarily expanding eligibility to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) to help businesses access the training they need. The expansion is effective until February 28, 2022. Expanded eligibility includes funding mandatory training, allowing employers to train employed family members, and allowing some business owners to receive funding to train themselves. In addition, other changes will make the application process more efficient.  Learn more about the program and apply online at alberta.ca/CAJG.
  • Additional Government of Alberta Support: The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, rent assistance, etc.  Click the link for more information: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) for Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses. Click the link for more information: Government of Canada assistance for businesses, non-profits, and charities impacted by COVID-19
  • Community Futures Small Business Loans: Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region can apply for business loans through Community Futures Lethbridge Region.  Click the link for more information: Community Futures Small Business Loans

Resources for Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

  • To help small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link Alberta is offering a one-stop shop for resources and supports including free advice and coaching. Services are available by phone, email or live chat.
  • Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click the link for more information: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List
  • Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.

Alberta Network Of On-Highway Facilities & Services For Truckers

An interactive map is available on 511Alberta for truck drivers to find open restaurants, restrooms and showers on Alberta highways.  Click the link to view the map: Map of Facilities and Services for Truckers

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) - For Lethbridge County Citizens

FCSS Website

COVID-19 information for disability service providers

COVID-19 information for disability service providers is available on the Government of Alberta website.

Help During Tough Times - Alberta Health Services

This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.

Assistance For Low German Speaking Citizens

Click the link for a full list of resources: Resources in Low German

Click the link for information on how to find assistance: Help in Low German 

Healthy Alberta

Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing. 

Wellness Together Canada

Wellness Together Canada offers mental health and substance use support.  It provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

Assistance With Pets

The Alberta SPCA has a program available to assist people with their pets during COVID-19. This includes pet food for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

Important Phone Numbers

Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments

The Lethbridge office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Masks must be worn in the building
  • Phone: 403-328-5525

The Picture Butte office is closed to the public.


TraceTogether App

Download the TraceTogether app, a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others.

Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information 

Click the link to view information on wearing masks: Guidance for wearing of non-medical face masks for the general public