Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

COVID-19 latest developments

LATEST UPDATES

 

March 27, 2020

  • The Government of Alberta announced that all mass gatherings have been reduced from 50 to 15 and social distancing must be observed, the closing of vehicle access for recreational activities to provincial parks and the immediate closure of all non-essential businesses including hair salons, wellness studios, retail etc., full list available here
  • The Government of Alberta announced security support for Alberta residential renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of an overall $7.7-billion package in direct supports and deferrals designed to relieve the immediate financial burden brought on by the crisis
  • The Government of Alberta announced tax relief for the tourism industry. Hotels and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until August 31 for amounts that become due to government on or after today
  • The Government of Canada announced additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses

March 25, 2020

  • The Government of Canada announced the Quarantine Act a legal obligation for anyone entering Canada to quarantine for 14 days, essential workers crossing the border are excluded from this obligation
  • The Government of Alberta is enforcing new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines
  • The Government of Canada COVID-19 Emergency Response Act receives Royal Assent, this Act will provide direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion through tax deferrals, to help meet the cash needs of Canadian businesses and households
  • The Government of Canada introduces the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

March 24, 2020

  • The Government of Canada has restricted travel to all foreign nationals coming from any country other than the US until June 30. As of March 21, 2020, a temporary 30-day restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border has been implemented
  • Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor vehicle access to Parks Canada places effective March 25, 2020

March 23, 2020

  • The Government of Alberta has announced additional financial support for Albertans and employers, including an education property tax freeze, education property tax deferral for business and WCB premiums deferral for private sector businesses and support for small and medium businesses
  • The Government of Alberta has implemented a new approach for COVID-19 testing that will prioritize groups at highest risk of local exposure and at-risk populations
  • The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has convened a global tourism crisis committee to provide guidance to the international tourism community. They have coined #traveltomorrow, built around the premise that by staying home today, we can travel tomorrow

March 22, 2020

  • The Government of Alberta has established an Economic Recovery Council, made up of policy and industry experts, to provide advice on guiding the province through the downturn resulting from COVID-19 and the energy price crash
 March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

 

 
March 18, 2020
March 17, 2020
  • New public health measures are in place from the Government of Alberta to limit the time Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces
  • New policies from WestJet regarding the suspension of transborder and international flights
March 16, 2020
  • Updated guidelines from the Government of Canada to avoid all non-essential travel and denying passengers who are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and has resided in any country other than the U.S. in the last 14 days. Starting March 18, 2020, only four airports will be accepting international flights: Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
March 15, 2020
  • Effective immediately, student attendance at schools is prohibited, in-person post-secondary classes are cancelled and licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely. More information from Government of Alberta's website.
March 14, 2020
  • The Government of Alberta has released new information for airline passengers, travellers, employers and schools. Please visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information
March 13, 2020
  • The Government of Canada issues Official Global Travel Advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice
  • Our partners at Tourism Calgary hosted an informative virtual town hall in conjunction with Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Chief Tom Sampson and Dr. Nicholas Etches from Alberta Health Services. View an overview of the information shared with the participants
  • UNWTO has revised its 2020 forecast for international arrivals and receipts and says forecasts are likely to be further revised
March 12, 2020
  • Effective immediately, the Alberta government asks organizers to cancel all large provincial gatherings/events and international events with more than 250 attendees, and advises Albertans not to travel outside of the country
March 11, 2020
  • WHO declares COVID-19 as a pandemic and says it is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus

PREVIOUS UPDATES

February 3, 2020

Travel Alberta is working closely with Destination Canada, provincial DMOs, and industry partners to monitor the impact of 2019 novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency, with small numbers of cases of the virus now confirmed in more than 20 countries, including in Canada (in Ontario and BC). The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has rated the public health risk to Canadians travelling abroad as low but the risk for travel to China as high. 

In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, China has barred outbound group trips and package bookings, while several countries, including the US, have temporarily restricted entry to foreign nationals who have visited China in recent weeks. Several airlines, including Air Canada, have suspended service to several Chinese cities. Canada Visa Application Centres across China will remain closed until further notice.

As a result, it is not surprising that we are aware of some trip postponements by Chinese visitors, however at this time it’s too early to know what impact this will have on Alberta’s tourism industry. 

We are asking industry partners to accept tour cancellation or postponement requests and assist as much as possible during a difficult time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

For up-to-date information about coronavirus, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Read the United Nations World Tourism Organization's statement on coronavirus.