FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
AS A BUSINESS PROVIDING AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE, WHAT KIND OF LIABILITIES DO I FACE?
The provincial government has announced measures to protect people and businesses providing essentials service by issuing an order stating that a business providing an essential service cannot be held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to operate, as long as they are complying with orders from the provincial health officer and other authorities. For more information, see the original announcement here.
WHAT SPECIFIC ORDERS AND GUIDANCE ARE AVAILABLE FOR MY BUSINESS?
The Ministry of Health has issued a number of guidance documents for specific sectors. All businesses should make sure they are operating in accordance with any current directive from the Provincial Health Office and their local Health Authority.
- Provincial Health Officer Orders, Notices and Guidance Documents
- Provincial Health Order Concerning Travelers
- Hotel Sector Guidance Document
- Food and Beverage Sector Fact Sheet
- Retail Food and Grocery Stores Guidance Document
WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. The following materials provide employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace. Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This plan follows the six steps outlined below. Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in identifying protocols for their workplace. You do not need a formal plan in place to begin operation, but are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers.
WORKSAFEBC ACCOMMODATION: PROTOCOLS FOR RETURNING TO OPERATION
The following protocols offer guidance for the accommodation industry, including hotels, motels, backcountry operators, lodges, RV parks, cabins, and hostels. These employers may also benefit from reviewing protocols related to office space, food and drink services, retail services, and parks. Many elements of managing hotels are included in COVID-10 Guidance to the Hotel Sector issued by the BCCDC. Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any orders, notices, or guidance issued by the provincial health officer, and the appropriate health authority, that are relevant to their workplace. For more information click here
HOW DO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AFFECT MY EMPLOYEES THAT ARE ON WORK PERMITS?
Travel restrictions have different impacts on workers, depending on the type of visa they are working under. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has a guide to how current travel restriction affect foreign workers on their website.
WHERE CAN MY COMPANY SOURCE PPE AS CANADA RETURNS TO WORK?
As Canada’s industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process. Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org As we move through the four phases of B.C.’s Restart Plan and businesses start to reopen and operate, non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will play a key role in helping keep us all safe. Small Business BC has created the Non-Medical PPE Marketplace to connect businesses with suppliers of non-medical safety equipment.