Submitted

The following is a March 2, 2022 announcement from the Provincial Court of Alberta. It applies to all courts in Alberta, including Slave Lake Provincial Court.

On February 26th, 2022, the government announced that effective March 1st, 2022, it would proceed to Step 2 of its plan to lift virtually all of its pandemic restrictions.

Throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, courthouses across the province have been operating under restrictions designed to ensure the safety of all participants. Given the unique position of the courts, where persons who attend are often compelled to do so, and where vulnerable segments of the population attend, there is an ongoing need to continue with the restrictions and policies presently in place until further notice.

Accordingly, access to courthouses will continue to be restricted, face masks will be mandatory, social distancing will be maintained, reduced capacity limits in courtrooms will apply and the courts’ vaccination policies will continue in effect.

Editor’s note: the vaccination policy only applies to court staff and sheriffs.