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Information is accurate as at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Information may be affected by subsequent announcements.
Links to government announcements follow at the end of the update.
Canada - Expansion of emergency benefits: The federal government announced its intention to propose the extension of its temporary expansion of eligibility for the: (i) Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit for employees of businesses subject to capacity-limiting restrictions, if public health measures limit the business’s capacity by 50% or more and the worker's income has decreased by 50% or more; and (ii) Local Lockdown Program (LLP) for businesses subject to public health capacity restrictions of 50% or more and the business’s revenue has declined by at least 25% in the current month (decreased from 40%). This relief would apply for a further month, until March 12, 2022.
Alberta - Plan to gradually lift public health measures: The provincial government announced its three-step plan to gradually lift COVID-19 public health measures. Beginning February 9, 2022, step one will: (i) end the Restrictions Exemption Program; (ii) remove restrictions on sale of food and beverages and their consumption while seated in audience settings; and (iii) lift capacity limits for all businesses, venues and facilities, except for those with a capacity of 500 to 1,000 (limited to 500) and 1,000‑plus (limited to 50% capacity). Effective February 14, 2022, masks will no longer be required to be worn in any setting for children aged 12 and under.
New Brunswick - Move to Level 1: The provincial government announced that New Brunswick will move to Level 1 of its COVID‑19 winter plan on February 19, 2022, which includes: (i) allowing entertainment centres, gyms, restaurants and retail businesses to open at full capacity; (ii) limiting household gatherings to a maximum of any 20 people and outdoor informal gatherings to a maximum of any 50 people; and (iii) permitting singing in places of worship. Effective February 12, 2022, children aged five to 11 are permitted under Level 2 to participate in recreational sport play with a two-team bubble.
Nova Scotia - Plan to gradually lift public health measures: The provincial government announced its three-step plan to gradually lift COVID-19 public health measures. Effective February 14, 2022: (i) informal gatherings may be held with up to 25 people; (ii) organized gatherings (including religious gatherings) may be held at 50% capacity; (iii) fitness, recreation, leisure, restaurant and liquor-licensed businesses can operate at 75% capacity; and (iv) retail businesses and malls can reopen at 100% capacity. In Phase 2, gathering limits will be further increased. In Phase 3, gathering limits and physical distancing requirements will be lifted.
Prince Edward Island - Plan to gradually lift public health measures: Effective February 17, 2022: (i) personal gatherings may be held with up to 20 people indoors or 20 people outdoors (50 as of March 17, 2022); (ii) organized gatherings may be held at 50% of the venue’s capacity (75% as of March 17, 2022); (iii) sports, recreational activities and wedding receptions may include up to 50 people (100 people as of March 17, 2022); (iv) most venues, including restaurants, fitness facilities and retail businesses may operate at 50% capacity (75% as of March 17, 2022); and (v) travellers arriving in PEI who are fully vaccinated against COVID‑19 will not need to self‑isolate. Planned for April 7, 2022, further changes such as removal of the requirement to wear a mask will be enacted.
Quebec - Plan to gradually lift public health measures: Effective February 12, 2022: (i) private gatherings in homes will be permitted; (ii) restaurants may offer indoor dining with no more than 10 people, or three households, at one table; and (iii) visitors will be allowed at private seniors’ residences (maximum of 2) and long‑term care homes (maximum of 1). Effective February 14, 2022, outdoor performances may have up to 5,000 people, with the vaccine passport required. Effective February 21, 2022: (i) capacity limits in retail stores will be lifted; (ii) recreational venues and meeting and event spaces may reopen at 50% capacity, with the vaccine passport required; (iii) indoor social gatherings will be permitted with up to 50 people; and (iv) places of worship may increase to 50% capacity (to a maximum of 500 people), though the vaccine passport will remain mandatory. Effective February 28, 2022: (i) the requirement to work from home where possible will be lifted; (ii) performance and sporting venues may return to 100% capacity, except for venues with a capacity greater than 10,000; (iii) bars and casinos may reopen at 50% capacity; and (iv) places of worship may reopen at full capacity, although the vaccine passport will remain mandatory. Effective March 14, 2022, the majority of remaining restrictions will be lifted, however the vaccine passport will remain mandatory for organized gatherings of more than 20 people and for religious gatherings (including weddings and funerals) with more than 50 people.