Alberta will begin lifting remaining restrictions in continuing care over 2 phases. Facility operators have until July 31 to fully implement all of Phase 1.
Public health orders are in effect to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, among seniors and at-risk groups for the following settings:
- Hospice settings
- Long-term care facilities
- Licensed supportive living facilities, including seniors lodges and group homes
- Licensed residential addiction treatment centres (under the Mental Health Services Protection Act)
Effective July 13, Alberta is moving to ease remaining restrictions.
Restrictions will be eased in 2 phases. Phase 1 changes are effective as soon as operators are able to do so, but have until July 31 to implement all changes.
- The COVID-19 visiting policy has been rescinded and visitors will no longer be limited in number or conditions.
- Follow the pre-pandemic visiting process of each site.
- Visitors must continue to wear a mask in indoor common areas.
- Masks may be removed in private rooms or spaces if the resident prefers.
- Visitors who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks at all times in all areas of the building.
Operational and outbreak standards
The following restrictions remain in place to protect staff and residents from COVID-19:
- Staff, students, volunteers and service providers must continue to wear masks.
- Visitors must continue to wear masks in common areas.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes must be followed.
- Staff, students, service providers, volunteers and visitors must have a health assessment screening when entering the building.
- Temperature screening is no longer required.
- Testing requirements continue.
- Situation specific isolation and quarantine requirements remain.
- Outbreak procedures must be followed.
- Single site staffing requirements.
All other COVID-19 restrictions and requirements have been removed.
Read Continuing Care Accommodation and Health Service Standards to learn more about existing, pre-pandemic requirements.
All remaining restrictions will be removed at a later date with a return to pre-pandemic processes and expectations. This includes outbreak protocols, testing requirements and rules around isolation and quarantine.
Updated operational and outbreak standards
- Updated operational and outbreak standards for licensed supportive living and long-term care (Order 37-2021) – July 13, 2021
- Guidance for working at a single site for Designated Supportive Living and long term care (Order 38-2021) – July 13, 2021
We publicly report locations of outbreaks in these facilities when there are 2 or more people with confirmed COVID-19. Find a list of COVID-19 outbreaks in Alberta, updated on Tuesday and Friday each week.
Residential addiction treatment centres
New standards are in place to protect residents at residential addiction treatment facilities from COVID-19 while supporting service provider’s ability to continue to provide services to those accessing treatment.
Measures in place are similar to those in continuing care facilities with special accommodations for group therapy and outdoor visits and to support the shorter residency of clients.
Updated operational and outbreak standards
See Chief Medical Officer of Health Order 07-2021 (April 27, 2021):
- Appendix A: Updated operational and outbreak standards for residential addiction treatment service providers
- COVID-19 Resident Screening tool for all licensed supportive living, long-term care and hospices
Call or text 211, or visit ab.211.ca to get help finding resources in your community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.
Information sheet for operators and staff (PDF, 299 KB)
Information sheet for residents and visiting persons (PDF, 329 KB)
Communications from the Chief Medical Officer of Health:
- Letter to operators: Regarding rescinding Order 03-2021 Variant of concern outbreak protocol (Apr. 19, 2021)
- Letter to operators: Decision making in relation to visitor DFSP restrictions (Feb. 19, 2021)
- Letter to all licensed supportive living, long-term care and hospice families: Enhanced health measures & congregate care settings (Dec. 18, 2020)
- Letter to all licensed supportive living, long-term care and hospice residents: Enhanced health measures & congregate care settings (Dec. 18, 2020)
- Letter to all residents and families: Rising COVID-19 Numbers (Nov. 20, 2020)
- Letter to all staff in licensed supportive living, long-term care and hospices: Rising COVID-19 Numbers (Nov. 20, 2020)
- Letter to operators in Calgary Zone: Reassessment of CMOH Order 29-2020 (Oct. 29, 2020)
- Letter to operators in Central, South and North Zones: Reassessment of CMOH Order 29-2020 (Oct. 29, 2020)
- Letter to operators in Edmonton Zone: Reassessment of CMOH Order 29-2020 (Oct. 26, 2020)
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