2) Preparing to Open
Preparing your space
WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidance and resources for employers resuming operations as part of phase 2 of the provincial government’s restart plan.
Industry-specific guidelines and resources are now available for the following sectors:
- Restaurants, cafes, pubs
- Salons and personal services
- Real estate
- Arts and cultural facilities (Museums, art galleries, and libraries)
- Education K-12
- Parks and outdoor spaces
- Health services
- In-person counselling
- Office space
COVID-19 Safety Plan Template here
For more information please visit WorkSafe BC’s website here
- Public gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people.
- Public gathering restrictions do not apply to retail. Specific guidance for non-food retail here and for food retail here.
- ALL employers must provide 2 metres physical distancing between all persons (e.g., both employees and customers). Guidance for occupancy limit is one person per four square metres.
- Employees MUST be permitted to take sick days when they are sick. There can be no requirement for a note from a physician.
- Cleaning: Consider increasing routine cleaning practices – if you are cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces once a day, move to twice a day using the products you already use.
- Space: Consider the density of your business and provide additional space for customers and employees to interact; for example, consider how line ups or seating could be expanded so that people are able to put some distance – 1 to 2 metres – between one another.
- Hand hygiene: Ensure your washrooms remain stocked with soap and consider offering hand sanitizer at entrances.
- Communication: Show your customers, clients, members, and employees what you are doing to support the efforts to slow transmission of this virus by communicating online and at your place of business.
- Employees who feel unwell: Support your employees to stay home if they are sick.
Guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public settings here:
Retail Council of Canada’s Checklist for Bringing Employees Back to Work:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- face masks
- hand sanitizer
- 20 L pails of hand sanitizer
- locally made wholesale sanitizer