The Alberta Relaunch Strategy & the U of A

Last updated: September 24, 2020

Key points
  • The Province of Alberta entered Phase 2 of its relaunch plan on June 12.
  • The U of A follows all national and provincial health, safety and travel restrictions.
  • The U of A is also currently in Phase 2, which includes lifting some community restrictions affecting libraries, indoor recreation, and gatherings on campuses. It will not affect travel and remote work for the majority of employees.
  • The priority remains the health and safety of our entire university community.


On June 9, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced COVID-19 cases in Alberta are lower than expected allowing for stage two of the province-wide relaunch strategy to safely begin on June 12. The strategy is a long-term plan to gradually resume activities across the province while still respecting required public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As part of the relaunch strategy, the province has also provided industry-specific guidance, including recommendations for post-secondary institutions.

On July 24, the Public Health Agency of Canada also provided guidance for post-secondary institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What does this mean for the U of A?

The University of Alberta follows all national and provincial health, safety and travel restrictions. Therefore, the U of A, too, is in its second phase of relaunch.

U of A Relaunch Phase Two includes:

  • Opening some libraries gradually, with restricted occupancy
  • Limited indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas, with health measures in place
  • Permitting limited gatherings/events/meetings on campuses according to public health restrictions
  • Some increased on-campus work, with remote work still remaining the norm for the majority of employees - learn more

Start dates for these U of A changes will vary and will include gradual restarting plans. They will be confirmed and posted on this site as soon as their supporting safety measures are in place. The priority remains the health and safety of our entire university community.

See how key campus services and community activities are expected to transition throughout all three phases of U of A Relaunch »

What restrictions continue for the U of A in Stage 2?

With the carry-over of several significant provincial public health restrictions and recommendations into stage two, some of our community activities remain unaffected by the provincial government’s announcement, including:

  • Gradual reintroduction of on-campus research activities continues
  • Physical distancing requirements remain
  • Indoor and outdoor gathering limits have increased, but remain
  • International and interprovincial university business travel remains suspended
  • Remote work remains the norm for the majority of U of A employees

Our current Campus Status can always be found here »

Planning a safe and sustainable return of activity to our campuses

We understand that many U of A community members are eager to get back to their on-campus office, workspace or favourite study spot. Thank you for your continued patience. By gradually returning activity to our campuses we are creating a safer and more sustainable immediate future for our students, our colleagues, and our greater community. 

Start dates for U of A relaunch activities and services will vary from the dates Alberta lifts or lessens provincial public health restrictions. The U of A also manages our university-specific set of safety measures, which are tailored to the health and safety needs of our communities and campuses. As a result, our phased reopening may sometimes differ from the general guidelines provided by the provincial government due to considerations such as physical constraints and our diverse and international population.

The gradual reopening of our on-campus activities and their impacts on our 2020-21 academic year is the primary focus of the U of A 2020-21 Planning Group. Learn more about their process and progress. Please send questions, suggestions or feedback to Your participation in supporting the ongoing U of A COVID-19 response is greatly appreciated.