March 1, 2022
Alberta Health Services has announced it is entering into stage 2 of of the easing of public health measures.
The following measures will be updated:
- Any remaining school requirements removed (for example: Kindergarten to grade 6 cohorting).
- Youth screening activities for entertainment and sport activities removed.
- Capacity on all large venues and entertainment venues lifted.
- Indoor and outdoor social gathering limits lifted.
- Mandatory work-from-home requirements lifted.
- Provincial mask mandate will be lifted except in high-risk settings, including on public transit, at AHS-operated and contracted facilities, and all continuing care settings.
January 12, 2022
Alberta Health Services has prepared a guidance document for community health care providers. The document provides guidelines in the following areas:
Part A (pre-screening): for all community providers including pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, primary care providers, physiotherapy, etc.
Parts B (risk assessment), C (testing) and D (management): for all community providers whose scope of practice includes assessing and treating patients with respiratory symptoms.
September 16, 2021
The Government of Alberta has announced a Public Health Emergency and put in place additional measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19. We have been notified by Alberta Health that no changes are required for health care professionals. Masking remains in effect for all indoor workplaces.
The COA’s current guidelines, last updated September 4, 2021, therefore remain in effect. However, we strongly recommend that all registered opticians also review the public health measures announced by the Government of Alberta and implement additional precautions. This may include:
- Restricting capacity to 1/3 fire code occupancy
- Re-implementing 2 metre physical distancing
- Service by appointment only and/or additional screening to ensure patients attend with household members only (or 2 close contacts if they live alone)
September 4, 2021
Temporary measures have been put into place by the Government of Alberta. A summary of the relevant measures are outlined below.
Effective September 4, 2021, masks are mandatory for all indoor public spaces and workplaces in Alberta.
In addition, Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person contacts.
It is also recommended that employers pause their plans to have staff return to work and instead continue with work-from-home measures. If employees are working on location, employees must mask for all indoor settings, except in work stations or where two-metre physical distancing or adequate physical barriers are in place.
Click here for the COA guidelines with key information for opticians. The temporary public health measures issued by the government supersede the COA guidelines until further notice.