October 7 COVID-19 Update
This message includes:

  • Public Health Order Clarification, and Exemptions: Single site exemptions, Q&As, letter from Dr. Hinshaw, and new screening questionnaire  

  • New Workplace Rules Factsheet: Modified payroll, layoffs, more flexible rules for work averaging arrangements, and further changes to assist workplaces to reopen more easily. 
Public Health Order Clarification and Exemptions 
Public Health Orders 29-2020 and 32-2020 make changes to visitor rules, and operational and outbreak standards in long-term care facilities. Public Health Order 32-2020 includes exemptions to the single site rules for specified professions and roles, which can be found in this document.  

Question and answer documents have been released to clarify these changes, including information on: 

  • Maximum number of visitors allowed for residents 
  • PPE and social distancing requirements for visitors 
  • Visiting rules for sites with a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak 
  • Testing and isolation guidelines for new and existing residents 
  • Isolation and quarantine guidelines for residents 
  • Single site staffing rules 
A new screening questionnaire tool has also been released for staff, visitors, and residents of long-term care facilities, along with a supporting letter from Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. 
New Workplace Rules Factsheet 
On July 29, Bill 32, the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act came into effect. While many of the Bill’s changes came into effect by August 15, some new rule changes will be in effect on November 1, 2020. A factsheet has been released with details on the changes to the Employment Standards Code.  

Highlight of changes include: 

  • Simpler rules for calculating general holiday pay 
  • Simpler rules for group termination notice 
  • More flexible rules for hours of work averaging arrangements 
ACDS COVID-19 Contact Email
Service provider input and engagement is critical to helping ACDS advocate on behalf of the sector. Service providers can report their issues, concerns and questions to our dedicated email, and a member of the ACDS Leadership team will respond:
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