Effective December 8, no indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting.
If you are hosting an outdoor event, follow the Alberta Health Guidance and restrictions to help Albertans limit the spread of COVID-19 when gathering in groups.
If a person with COVID-19 attended your event while infectious, they will be advised to contact you (the event organizer).
If you are contacted by an attendee who has COVID-19, it is your responsibility to assist with the notification all other attendees. You will need to talk to the person with COVID-19 to identify which attendees are considered close contacts. You must not disclose the identity of the person with COVID-19 to the other event attendees. Here is a sample message you can send.
Dear event attendees:
A person with COVID-19 was present at our event on ____(date). This means you are a close contact, and are required to quarantine for 14 days after this date. AHS recommends that you book a COVID-19 test immediately. You can book a test at ahs.ca/testing
Even if you get tested and receive a negative result during your quarantine period, you must remain in quarantine for 14 days.
If you develop symptoms at any time, you are required to isolate for 10 days from when the symptoms start. AHS recommends you book a test immediately if you have symptoms.
See ahs.ca/infoforclosecontacts for information on isolation, symptoms to watch for, and how to access care.
To help you determine who is a close contact, use the Who Needs to Quarantine Decision Tool.
Q: What if I do not have an email address or way of contacting my guest?
A: You are required to collect either an email address or cell phone number from every event attendee as they check-in. Consider contacting other event attendees who may be able to help you contact a guest who did not provide that information.
Q: When will I be expected to contact my guests?
A: If AHS identifies a positive case that attended your event while infectious, the case will be advised to contact you directly. Due to increasing case numbers, AHS will no longer notify the organizer of the event. You are responsible to work with the case to identify close contacts and assist with the notification.
Q: Why is AHS asking me to help?
A: This approach will help get critically important information to event attendees who are close contacts through the quickest means possible, providing them with immediate guidance on what to do next, to reduce risk of further spread.