COVID-19 Update

April 21st, 2021

Note: On April 19th, the B.C. Public Health Officer strengthened province-wide restrictions, including indoor and outdoor gatherings and travel. Please click here to read the Province-wide restrictions, and click here to read “What you need to know about B.C.'s new travel restrictions” from the CBC.

Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,

Thank you for your continued vigilance in the fight against COVID-19. As the race against Variants of Concern and Vaccines intensifies, we must continue to stay the course by maintaining proper PPE usage including masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene.

While staying the course is challenging, we can together seek ways to encourage those around us, finding ways to add some sunshine to your own heart as well as to your loved ones.


As announced on April 7th, Alberta is reverting back to Step 1 of its public health restriction framework in order to curb the growing spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Read more here.


Starting April 12th, Alberta is moving to Phase 2C with vaccines available for all healthcare workers.  To learn more about vaccine eligibility in Phase 2C, click here.

  • - To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine program, click here

  • - To book your vaccine appointment, visit the AHS website.

British Columbia:

Some easing of restrictions for residents in long-term care and assisted living began this month and allow for more frequent, routine opportunities for social visitation. 

The following restrictions are in place in BC currently:

  • - The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended

  • -Indoor low-intensity group exercise classes are cancelled

  • -Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed

  • -Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed

 Safety recommendations:

In addition to the orders, the BC Provincial Health Officer strongly recommends:

  • - Working from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace

  • - Keeping your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness

  • - Getting testing immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick

  • - Avoiding all non-essential travel 

 Please refer to the following link for latest details on BC restrictions:



British Columbia is in Phase 3 of vaccinations.

Timeline: April to May 2021

  • People aged 79 to 60, in five year increments:

    • - 79 to 75 (Dose 1 April)

    • - 74 to 70 (Dose 1 April)

    • - 69 to 65 (Dose 1 April)

    • - 64 to 60 (Dose 1 April/May)

  • People aged 74 to 16 who are clinically extremely vulnerable (Dose 1 March/April)

  • Register to be vaccinated by clicking here.

Thank you to all residents, families, and care partners for their diligence with the continuation of COVID-19 precautions. That teamwork and dedication has enabled our success with keeping COVID-19 at bay. All of us can’t wait till we are past this third wave, and if we stay the course, we will get through this together.

Stay Safe. Be Well. Take Care.

Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal
Optima Living

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