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Nov 20, 2020 - COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know About Latest Provincial Health Officer Order

On November 19, 2020, BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued an Order calling for all individuals and places of work to significantly reduce social interactions and travel immediately, until at least December 7, 2020 at midnight.

The latest Order also includes a province-wide mask mandate, meaning employees and clients (excluding children under two and those unable to wear a mask) must wear masks in indoor public and retail spaces (except when eating or drinking), and in workplace common areas, including elevators, hallways, group or break rooms, kitchens and customer counters. Office-based employers should temporarily suspend their efforts to get employees back to their workplace and instead, support work-from-home options wherever possible.

Members are reminded that they should review their COVID-19 Safety Plans and continue to encourage employees to monitor themselves daily and to stay home if they have symptoms. More information on reviewing and updating those plans can be found on WorkSafeBC’s website. Employers should also ensure that their agencies are able to maintain safe physical distancing for both employees and clients.

A copy of the Province’s November 19 joint statement with the Provincial Health Office can be found here. The latest information on BC’s COVID-19 restrictions can also be accessed on this webpage.

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