How do the new restrictions announced on December 8 impact retail cannabis operations?
Starting Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., all cannabis retail outlets may remain open with capacity limited to 15 per cent occupancy. Retailers may wish to consider offering their customers the option to reserve online and pick up in store in support of reducing in-store capacity.
Effective immediately, there is a mandatory provincewide indoor public masking requirement, as per public health orders. This applies to locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public.
Are customers required to remove their masks for identification verification purposes?
The current public health order does allow for patrons to remove their mask at a distance to enable retail cannabis store employees in determining age and verifying identification.
Where can cannabis licensees find more information on specific health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19?
The Alberta government has an online resource to provide business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for workplaces, as well as operational guidelines.
Who will enforce these rules?
Local public health officials will continue to enforce public health orders, while AGLC inspectors will continue to work with licensees to ensure compliance.
How do I make a complaint about a licensed premises that is not adhering to provincial health directives?
AGLC continues to work with all licensed venues and asks all owners/operators to comply with public health guidance from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on the new restrictions. Venues that contravene public health directives risk immediate suspension of their licence.
Complaints can be submitted by email at Inspections.Mailbox@aglc.ca. Please be sure to include the premises operating name and address, including town, along with the details of your complaint.