ACAO Updates | Enhanced Infection Control | Personal Protective Equipment | How to use PPE | Workplace Health and Safety | Communicating with the Public

April 6, 2021 Update from the ACAO

The Government of Alberta has announced Alberta is moving back to Step 1, effective April 6. This update includes revised restrictions for retail capacity. Click here for the updated ACAO guidelines with key information for opticians.

March 8, 2021 Update from the ACAO

The Government of Alberta has announced additional Step 2 changes came into effect March 8. This update includes revised restrictions for retail capacity. 

January 25, 2021 Update from the ACAO

The Government of Alberta has updated the Notifiable Disease Guidelines for COVID-19. This update includes additional recommendations for PPE for health care workers. 

December 15, 2020 Update from the ACAO

Click here to review the updated Alberta Health Order (CMOH 42-2020) which offers additional information on mask exemptions in section 24.

December 9, 2020 Update from the ACAO

The Government of Alberta has announced a minimum four-week period of province-wide restrictions. ACAO guidelines have been updated to include these updated restrictions.

December 2, 2020 Update from the ACAO

The recently announced government restrictions do not include optical practices or opticians. ACAO members should continue to adhere to our current guidelines for COVID-19.

July 16, 2020 Update from the ACAO

Opticians across Alberta have continued to demonstrate a high standard of practice in relation to enhanced health and safety standards to protect the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19. In June, the Chief Medical Officer of Health rescinded Order 16-2020 specific to the protocols necessary to re-open business in the province.

Regulated health professionals are still required to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines published by their regulatory college. The ACAO has updated the college guidelines to remove references to Order 16-2020 but has not made any changes to health and safety guidelines in order to maintain a high standard of practice.

Click here to view the ACAO guidelines (UPDATED July 16,2020).

May 4, 2020 Update from the ACAO

The Government of Alberta announced on April 30, 2020 that regulated health care practitioners could begin to re-open for routine care as of May 4 as part of the Early Actions of Alberta’s Relaunch Plan. Please visit the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 webpage to view the announcement.

Enhanced Infection Control Procedures

Alberta Health Services has provided new resources outlining enhanced infection control procedures that may be useful for community health care practitioners. Resources include manuals, best practices, and guidelines for routine services, hand hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment, equipment cleaning, and outbreak management.

Click here for the Alberta College of Optometrists Infection Prevention and Control Policy (UPDATED June 17,2020).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

An important aspect of the transition to routine care and the increased number of patient visits is obtaining and correctly using the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary to protect the health and safety of practitioners and patients. More information on PPE can be found here:

(NEW) Alberta Health Guidelines for PPE

ACAO Guidelines for Re-Opening Health Practices

How to use PPE

To protect the public and yourselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take additional precautions beyond the normal infection control procedures expected of opticians. The use of PPE such as masks, gloves, goggles, and scrubs may be new to many practitioners. Below are some videos explaining how to put on and take off PPE.

Workplace Health and Safety

Re-opening for routine care also means navigating patient health and safety in new ways. More information to support the transition to routine care can be found here:

(NEW) Alberta Health Workplace Guidelines for Business Owners

COVID-19 Assessment for Health Care Practitioners

Employment Standards and COVID-19

Occupational Health and Safety COVID-19 Publications

Resources for Communicating with the Public

Find posters and other resources to help you communicate with the public below.

ACAO Optical Etiquette Guidelines for Patients

ACAO “Do not Browse” Poster

ACAO “STOP” – Symptom Check Poster

Alberta Health Posters and Fact Sheets

Health Canada COVID-19 Awareness Resources

ACAO Support

We’re here to help as you navigate the transition to routine care. Please contact us at any time if you require assistance: or 780-429-2694.