ACAO Updates | Workplace Health and Safety | Communicating with the Public

September 16, 2021 Update from the ACAO

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 ACAO’s current guidelines effective 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 Update from the ACAO

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 ACAO guidelines with key information for opticians. The temporary public health measures issued by the government supersede the ACAO college guidelines until further notice.

July 1, 2021 Update from the ACAO

This update included information regarding Phase 3 of easing restrictions on July 1, 2021.

June 10, 2021 Update from the ACAO

Click here for the previous ACAO Guidelines up to June 30, 2021. 

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:

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.