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Employers & Businesses

Information for businesses and industry on continuing operations during the pandemic.

Last updated: November 12, 2020 at 2:30 PM


Businesses, employers and workplaces need to review workplace safety plans. An order from the Provincial Health Officer says businesses Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions must conduct active in-person screening for workers on site between November 7 and November 23.  People in these regions should limit social gatherings to the people they live with. Further details about the order and how it applies to business are available in this general Q&A or in this restaurant Q&A

Workplaces must ensure all customers and workers maintain a safe physical distance and wear a mask when appropriate to do so. Workplaces must be especially vigilant in shared settings like break rooms and kitchens. Active inspections will increase. Some businesses should support working from home, if possible.

Gyms and recreation facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health must stop indoor group activities until new plans are in place and approved by a medical health officer. Party busses, limos and “perimeter seating” vehicles are also ordered to stop operations.

Tools and strategies for safer operations during the pandemic

This resource describes the key principles for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the role of public health authorities, and commonly available tools and strategies to support the public health response. It is intended to guide the development of plans for operating as safely and normally as possible during the pandemic.

Returning to safe operations

  • General and industry-specific guidance on protecting the health and safety of employees at work during COVID-19 and a safety plan template

Supports for businesses

Essential services

Industry-specific guidance and information

Posters and reference materials

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