CALGARY — The Alberta government announced last week that, although there would be a slight easing of the current COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor gatherings and personal services beginning January 18, on-premise dining will remain closed.
“Unfortunately, re-opening on-premise dining was not included in the announcement and on-premise dining will not re-open on January 22 as we had hoped after the current restrictions were to set to expire on January 21,” says a release from Restaurants Canada.
Following the announcement, Restaurants Canada requested more clarity from government on a further extension of current restaurant restrictions and was informed that “no extension date was announced on purpose so as not to set any expectations on when current restrictions will be lifted. As a result, on-premise dining will remain closed until further notice.”
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw and the COVID Cabinet will be monitoring progress made on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and will ease on-premise dining restrictions when deemed safe to do so.
“Government wants to ensure that when on-premise dining is re-opened, restaurants can reasonably expect that dining will stay open and not have be shut down again as per our advice,” states the release. “Government also confirmed that they want to re-open on-premise dining ASAP, as they understand members are struggling to survive and re-committed that restaurateurs will be given roughly a week’s notice prior to when on-premise dining will re-open, but will not speculate on when that might be.”