Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced earlier in March that the province would likely begin to reopen on Thursday, May 14. Now that we are just hours away from this coveted date, officials will be making a last-minute decision on when Alberta will reopen. Should the province start the phases as planned, things like pubs and hair salons could be open for business once more.\nOn Wednesday, April 29, Kenney came out to publicly state that the province was on track to start the process “in a couple of weeks.”\nAs we got closer to the date, more information was released on what phase one of the reopening plan would look like.\nNon-essential businesses, including restaurants, have since received clarification as to what health and safety measures would look like upon relaunching.\nWhile the reopening date was set to be Thursday, May 14, officials will be leaving any final decision to the last minute.\nThis Thursday date was never set in stone per se, rather it was looked at as a best-case scenario.\nEven though health officials have publically stated the COVID-19 growth curve in the province has flattened, it will come down to the final hours for a more formal decision.\nThe announcement is set to be made on Wednesday, May 13.\nThe decision will not be taken lightly and Albertans are still expected to practice the same level of caution as before.\nKenney noted that reopening was not an excuse to “let’er rip” and a decision to launch the plan would mean a drop in COVID-19 cases.\nOfficials have also been monitoring intensive health care units in hospitals to ensure the number of patients is not rising.\nPhase one of the plan would mean the reopening of non-essential businesses.\nTo support the businesses and customers, social distancing and personal hygiene measures will be put in place.\nThis will look different depending on the business but generally speaking, no large crowds will be permitted and businesses will need to adhere to the 50% capacity rule.\nPlaces like museums and art galleries will lift some restrictions while things like spas, nightclubs, and movie theatres will remain closed.\nUp to date information provided by the province of Alberta reads that there are 6,345 cases. This number has the potential of rising as 191,330 tests have been conducted all over Alberta.\nThe latest data suggests that 73 people are currently in the hospital for the disease.\nThroughout relaunch discussions, the Mayor of Calgary openly questioned the decision and even told businesses that reopening is not mandatory and should be determined on if staff and customers can be kept healthy and safe.\nCalgary city staff also stated that now is not the time to be visiting a "homies" house.\nMayor Naheed Nenshi believes there are only five main reasons as to why the people in the province should be leaving the house. Some of those reasons include getting groceries or going to work.\nEven though officials have yet to make their final decision, locals-only camping will be opening soon.\nMany hiking trails are also open for public use, although, everyone is encouraged to social distance.