COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we know that these are times of uncertainty and that every day brings new challenges and new concerns. We’re here to reassure you that we’re available to help our Downtown business community and we’ll play a key role in keeping you up to date with the latest information – in whatever way we can.  



Updated March 19, 2020, 1:20 pm

Every day we are reminded of our organization’s statement of intent ‘To Support, Connect, and Enrich Edmonton’s Downtown Community.’ With the increased pressures on homeless shelters, food banks and other service providers, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Edmonton’s most vulnerable in society weighs heavy on all of us. And so, the DBA Board of Directors, along with Executive Director Ian O’Donnell, are very proud to demonstrate our commitment to our community by making donations today of $1000.00 to each of the following organizations/service providers:

Boyle Street Community Services
E4C – Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre
The Bissell Centre
The Mustard Seed
The Edmonton Food Bank 



Updated March 16, 2020, 5:15 pm

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase daily in Edmonton and across the country, the health and safety of Downtown workers, visitors and residents is of utmost importance to us. And so it is with deep regret, that we have made the decision to cancel Downtown Dining Week, effective Monday, 11:59 pm, March 16, as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Our Downtown restaurants have already taken measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but we want to take further precautions to ensure that Downtown Dining Week does not compromise the health and safety of our community at large, as we await further direction from our public health authorities and different orders of government.

While we are cancelling the remainder of this year’s event, we are still encouraging you to support Downtown restaurants and the many other businesses in our community that remain open. Consider socially responsible ways to continue your support and ensure that we assist those business owners and their employees in these uncertain times.



Updated March 13, 2020, 5:25 pm

The safety of Downtown Edmonton workers, visitors and residents is of the utmost importance to us here at Downtown Business Association. We are actively monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 and we will continue to update our member businesses, stakeholders and public as new information is available.

The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.  Our Downtown restaurants, stores and cultural institutions are taking extra steps and precautions to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers and workers. As a precautionary measure in response to the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has mandated that all gatherings of over 250 attendees cannot take place until further notice. If you are attending a large event Downtown, please check with event organizer to see if you’re event is still happening.

During this critical time of adjustments in social events and work schedules, we encourage you to support the many small locally-owned businesses that operate Downtown. Our small businesses are vital economic engines in our Downtown community and play an important role in creating jobs and growth in the Edmonton economy. Now, more than ever, these businesses need your support as they struggle through COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following websites.