Events During COVID-19

COVID-19

Events

Update July 1, 2021: All other public health measures have been lifted. This includes all restrictions on:

  • social gatherings – there are no longer capacity limits on either indoor or outdoor gatherings
  • recreation, performance and entertainment activities
  • business closures and capacity restrictions
  • large events, including concerts, sporting events, exhibitions and festivals

Updated general guidance offering optional mitigations to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses is available to businesses and event organizers who would like to continue additional precautions.

Before Your Event

If you are hosting an outdoor event, follow the current COVID-19 public health actiions to help Albertans limit the spread of COVID-19 when gathering in groups.

Prepare Your Site

Prepare Your Guests

  • Inform your guests / attendees of the safety measures you will have in place, so that they know what to expect and how they can prevent the spread of illness.
  • Advise your guests to stay home if they are sick or have any symptoms.
  • Remind your guests they are not permitted to attend if they are in quarantine, or have travelled to Canada in the last 14 days.
  • Print or download this template to collect contact information from each attendee.

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At Your Event

  • Have a check-in station at the event, so that you can capture a complete list of all individuals who attend the event.
  • Use the contact information template to record guest names, cell phone numbers or email addresses so that you will be able to contact all of your event participants if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in an attendee at your event.
  • If someone shows up with symptoms of illness, kindly ask them to leave the event.
  • Encourage all guests to practice public health measures at all times, such as:

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After Your Event: If an Event Attendee Tests Positive for COVID-19

If a person with COVID-19 attended your event while infectious, you (the event organizer) will be notified by them or by AHS.

If you are contacted by an attendee who has COVID-19, it is your responsibility to assist with the notification of 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.

Individuals who have been immunized may have different testing and quarantine requirements. See Quarantine for Immunized Close Contacts for more information.

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.

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Organizer Q & A

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 COVID-19 case that attended your event while infectious, AHS will notify you (the event organizer). 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.

Additional Information

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