As British Columbia prepares to enter Phase 2 of its economic restart plan, the Province welcomes the release of the initial set of WorkSafeBC guidelines that will help businesses and organizations develop their plans to reopen safely in the coming days and weeks.
WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidelines and resources for the following sectors:
- restaurants, cafes and pubs;
- salons and personal services;
- museums, art galleries and libraries;
- real estate;
- health services;
- in-person counselling;
- parks and outdoor spaces; and
- office space.
Also included is an information sheet on what returning employees should expect.
Businesses in all sectors are required to use these guidelines and resources to develop their COVID-19 safety plans and post those plans for employees and customers as they resume operations. Additionally, businesses in sectors under health orders limiting service (such as restaurants, pubs, salons and personal services) will not be able to open until those orders are lifted or modified.
Outreach with all sectors continues in order to support the production of sector standards, which will provide additional guidance for businesses and help the sharing of best practices.
WorkSafeBC indicated additional sector-specific guidelines will be available in the coming days for child care, health services, and recreation and sports.
- Industry-specific guidance and resources are available online: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation
- For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
- For a French translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.05.15_NR_WorkSafeBC_Guidance_for_Businesses-FR.pdf
- For a Punjabi translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.05.15_NR_WorkSafeBC_Guidance_for_Businesses-Punjabi.pdf
- For a Chinese translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.05.15_NR_WorkSafeBC_Guidance_for_Businesses-CN.pdf