Alberta leads the way in businesses reopening, but one-third still fear PPE shortages

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Alberta leads the country in the percentage of small businesses that have fully reopened as provincial economies begin to relaunch, according to a study.

The latest poll by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that nearly one-third of small firms across the country are back up and running, an increase from just 21 per cent a month ago.

Most cities in Alberta entered Stage 1 of the province’s relaunch on May 14, which allowed retail businesses, hairstylists and barbershops, museums and art galleries, along with restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs (at 50 per cent capacity) to begin reopening to the public.

That came with a caveat for both Calgary and Brooks, where the total number of active COVID-19 cases remains higher than other regions within the province.

In those cities, restaurants, pubs and bars are restricted from offering dine-in service until at least next Monday. Hair salons must also remain closed until then.