EDMONTON, AB – The province has released more details about how limited school and minor sport training will resume under Step 1 of Alberta’s four-step framework.

Starting on Monday (Feb. 8) children and youth will be allowed to participate in lessons, practices and conditioning activities for indoor and outdoor team-based minor sports and athletics.

No games will be allowed.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says “while these activities are included in Step 1, there are strong measures in place that must continue to be followed. Let’s all continue doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health system that every Albertan relies on.”

  • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, excluding coaches or trainers.
  • A maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants, can participate.
  • All participants must maintain physical distancing from each other at all times.
  • Participants must be masked at all times, except when engaged in the physical activity.
  • Coaches and trainers must remain masked at all times.
  • There must be limited access to change rooms, including for accelerated arrival and departure, for emergencies and for washroom use.

All other previously announced measures set to ease in Step 1, including in-person dining at restaurants and one-on-one training at fitness centres, will also be permitted starting Monday.

A decision on Step 2 will be made if, after three weeks, there are 450 or fewer hospitalizations and the number is declining.

As of Feb. 4 there were 475 COVID hospitalizations in Alberta.