Edmonton’s COVID-19 Daily Update

Edmonton cancelled events COVID-19

Family Fun Edmonton is a vital resource for family-friendly events in Edmonton and surrounding areas. During a time of crisis, we are about much more than just events. Our COVID-19 Daily Update is a roundup of the most important news and links you need to stay informed.

Family Fun Edmonton does not organize any events, and therefore are not responsible for the cancellation of any events. We will do our absolute best to keep our readers informed. If you are aware of any coronavirus-related event cancellations that are not listed below, please send us an email here.

Update – March 24, 2020:

The City of Edmonton has announced an immediate closure of playgrounds and sledding hills amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will also remove picnic tables from public sites and end grooming of cross country ski trails. The opening of seasonal spray parks is expected to be delayed. Green space parks and access to trails will remain open, but people are asked to remain 6 feet apart while using them.

Update – March 17, 2020:

The Province of Alberta has declared a State of Emergency under the Public Health Act. All events with over 50 people must be cancelled. Albertans are not allowed to attend rec centres, gyms, theatres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres and other similar facilities. Read the full update HERE.

Sit down restaurants may remain open, but at lower seating capacities. Some restaurants and businesses are electing to temporarily close at this time.

Update – March 16, 2020:

Metro Cinema at Garneau Theatre has announced that they will be closing temporarily. If you have pre-purchased tickets you can email them to request a refund, or consider your ticket a donation towards their business.

Landmark Cinemas is added to the list of theatres that are closing their doors until further notice.

Cineplex is closing all of their entertainment venues immediately, including theatres across Canada as well as The Rec Room and Playdium locations until April 2, 2020.

The International Children’s Festival of the Arts has cancelled its 2020 festival.

Edmonton ski hills – Snow Valley, Sunridge, Edmonton Ski Club, and Rabbit Hill – are now closed for the season.

Vertically Inclined Rock Gym and Rock Jungle Fitness have both temporarily closed.

Orange Theory Fitness and LA Fitness have temporarily closed all locations. Many private and boutique fitness studios are also closing – check with yours.

The Alberta Aviation Museum has temporarily cancelled all programs, but the museum remains open to the public.

The Edmonton EXPO Centre has temporarily closed its facility.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has cancelled all performances through at least the end of March.

All Alberta Parks’ recreation facilities, programs, and events are closed or cancelled until May 1. Summer online campsite reservations may still be made.


Update – March 15, 2020:

The Government of Alberta has closed K-12 schools, preschool programs, child-care facilities, out-of-school care, and in-person post-secondary classes. Places of worship are no longer exempt from rules surrounding mass gatherings. Long-term care facilities and continuing care facilities are advised to only accept essential visitors.

The Strathcona Library is now added to the list of libraries that are closed. The bookmobile will not operate. Online materials may still be accessed.

West Edmonton Mall has announced the temporary closure of the World Waterpark, Galaxyland, Marine Life, Crystal Labyrinth Mirror Maze and Ed’s Bowling. The mall will remain open for its regular business hours, but some stores are choosing to operate on reduced hours.

Edmonton Premium Outlets has been added to the list of malls reducing shopping hours.

Good Life Fitness has announced the temporary closure of its fitness clubs in Canada.

Many children’s sports clubs and activity groups have announced plans to temporarily close. Check with the facilities you use.


Update – March 14, 2020:

-ADDING – Edmonton Public Libraries are now closed. Cardholders can still access online library products.

City of Edmonton has closed all Recreation, Fitness and Leisure Centres. All City attractions, including the Edmonton Valley Zoo, John Janzen Nature Centre, and City Arts Centre are also closed. City arenas are closed and outdoor skating pavilions are closed and ice surfaces will no longer be maintained. See the full list of closures HERE.

The YMCA of Northern Alberta has closed all health, fitness and recreation centres.

The City of St. Albert is closing all city-managed facilities from March 14 until at least April 6, 2020.

Several malls are reducing public shopping hours. Kingsway Mall, Southgate Centre, Sherwood Park Mall, St. Albert Centre, have all announced changes to shopping hours.

West Edmonton Mall has closed the Galaxy Kids ball pit, the Sea Lions Rock Show, and several attractions within the World Waterpark. Guest restrictions are in place at Galaxy Quest 7D theatre and the World Waterpark hot tub.

Bountiful Farmers’ Market has temporarily closed its indoor playground.


Update – March 13, 2020:

Strathcona County has voted to close all indoor recreation facilities until April 14. All art, recreation, performance and drop-in programs are suspended.

RAM has cancelled the March 15 Sensory Sunday event, but at this time the Museum remains open.

The Art Gallery of Alberta remains open, but all programs, including Tours for Tots, Family Studio and Kids’ Drop-In Studio are cancelled.

Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre remains open, but is limiting theatre capacity to 250 guests.

Cineplex Theatres and Landmark Cinemas remain open and are enhancing cleaning procedures.

Several Spring Break programs have cancelled – see our full post on Spring Break HERE.

Michaels is cancelling drop in craft activities, including Kids’ Club, Make Break and Spring Make Week effective March 15. Spring Maker Fest on Saturday, March 14 is expected to go ahead. Michaels will be sharing a free family activities via Facebook Live every Wednesday at 11 am Edmonton time.


Update – March 12, 2020:

Edmonton Boat & Sportsmen’s Show (scheduled for March 12-15) is cancelled.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton is closed until further notice, all programs are postponed/cancelled.

Winspear Centre is closed until further notice, all events are postponed/cancelled including Escape the ordinary with Masters of Illusion.

The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is closed until further notice.

The NBA, NHL & CHL have paused their seasons due to the coronavirus.

All MLS games are postponed for the next 30 days.

MLB is delaying the start of the 2020 season.


COVID-19 in Edmonton : Things Your Family Needs to Know

Individuals experiencing fevers and coughs are encouraged to call Health Link 811 even if potential COVID-19 symptoms are mild. Alberta Health Services has a COVID-19 Self-Assessment Questionnaire – it can be found HERE.

Parents are encouraged to educate children about social-distancing. No hugs, no handshakes, no kisses, no sharing food/drink. Coughing should be directed into one’s sleeve or elbow.

Teach and regularly remind children about proper hand-washing with soap and water, scrubbing hands for the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday. Check out this link to personalize your own handwashing poster.

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