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While mandated closures due to Covid-19 are affecting every sector — arts, food, entertainment, business — some shows are still a go, and some shops are staying open, even if in altered form. Here's a sample of what's still happening in Edmonton and Calgary.

Grocery stores are open, with reduced hours and many with a special golden hour (usually the first hour of business, at 7 or 8 a.m.) for seniors and those with limited mobility to shop in a less busy and re-stocked space. Costco (Tues and Thurs for ages 60-plus) Save On Foods, Sobeys/Safeway, Superstore and others are on board. At the Italian Centre Shop, owne Teresa Spinelli said her stores will reserve the 9-10 a.m. hour (Monday to Thursday) for seniors and immunocompromised customers. Extra staff and assistance will be available. "We're working on delivery too," she said.

Your favorite eatery may be shuttered, but many are doing take out and delivery business as a way to stay afloat. Otto (in the Alberta Avenue area) is doing just that, and even offering discounts and liquor off sales. The list keeps growing, but includes Meat Street Pies in Sherwood Park (curbside pick up available), T & D Noodle House and Rebel (off 142 St.) This Century Hospitality restaurant will offer takeout/delivery from others in the group, such as MKT, LUX, and Parlour & Hart's. You can get regular meals, family style and frozen offerings. Email or call 780-938-0535.

A favorite bakery in Old Strathcona, Sugared and Spiced back-alley bakeshop is doing pre-orders and take and bake. You'll feel like a star when you take the bake-at-home scones out of your own oven. Another popular spot, Duchess Bakeshop on 124 St,  and sister restaurant Cafe Linnea are doing great foods to go, as is perennial favorite RGE.RD. Don't forget Northern Chicken, Smokehouse BBQ and Juniper Cafe — pick up and delivery.

In Calgary, some restaurants are operating 'ghost kitchens' with a skeleton staff to handle take out and delivery meals. Calgary's wine and liquor merchants are getting creative with delivery service too. Willow Park Wine and Spirits, for example, recently offered free delivery on its online platform. Sales of liquor from restaurants have been okayed by the Alberta government for the time being, so consumers can order a beer or wine with their take out/delivery meals.

At present, Chinook Centre and CF Market Mall and CORE shopping centre are open, with reduced hours.

City libraries are shut, but their online offerings aren't. Check with the Edmonton Public Library ( or for access to free online courses for adults.

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