Good news for Albertans, because the province is officially allowing people out of the house and into the woods. Starting now, locals can visit their cabins in Alberta again. This comes after they reopened provincial parks, with campgrounds to come later.
In her update on Friday, May 8, provincial health officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed that people are now allowed to travel to their cabins, cottages, and summer homes again.
However, this only applies to residences in the province — you're still not allowed to visit out of province summer homes. They also reminded us that we should be careful of the guidelines in areas you visit and be cautious of visiting remote communities.
Remote communities can be at extra risk because they could not be as well equipped to handle outbreaks. Small communities around the nation have made it very clear that visitors aren't wanted at this time, including popular tourist town Banff.
"If planning a trip of this kind, prepare for minimal stops by packing food and stopping only if necessary," read a statement from Alberta Health shared with Narcity.
Earlier on Thursday, April 30, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that provincial parks in Alberta would be open for hiking starting Friday, May 1.
Meanwhile, the online booking system for campgrounds is coming back online Thursday, May 14, with the actual campgrounds being readied and opened later.
Narcity reached the Albertan Ministry of Health for comment, this article will be updated.
Take care if you're thinking of going for a dip in the water. Officials haven't yet been able to test waters in the beaches, and say "Albertans using lakes and beaches should do so at their own risk."
If you do go, check for signs of blue-green algae and follow guidelines.
Outdoor activities are being given a head start, but businesses are not trailing too far behind in terms of reopening. As early as Thursday, May 14, retail businesses, daycares, barbers, and some health services are expected to return.
Even with new cases, officials say that the above services will be making a comeback — as long as the health measures are still holding.
With all the gorgeous scenery to take in around the province, many are scrambling to get back outdoors again. Just make sure you're being mindful while doing it.