Health advice for employers and businesses
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Businesses that can stay open must follow strict social (physical) distancing protocols and do everything in their power to keep their businesses safe and clean. Businesses must follow the interim guidance to help reduce the risk of COVID-19:
Let staff know they should stay home if they are feeling sick and to practice healthy respiratory practices. Discuss possible alternate work arrangements if staff are required to mandatorily self-isolate and send them to this website for more information.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada is advising citizens to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Further to this advice, the Chief Public Health Officer is recommending that NWT residents avoid all non-essential travel outside of the Northwest Territories.
For travel advice for employees returning to the NWT, see:
- Mandatory isolation
- Mandatory self-isolation
- Self-isolation plan
- Travellers arriving in Canada
- Travellers arriving in NWT
- Essential workers entering the NWT
- Continue to follow healthy respiratory practices
- Skip greetings involving physical contact (e.g. shaking hands, hugging) with co-workers, clients and the public.
- Stay up to date with the latest information
- Practice safe sharing (e.g. wash your hands, cleaning utensils, etc.)
- Follow the advisory to NWT workplaces, offices, and businesses
The following businesses must be closed as the nature of their operation will not allow them to have suitable distancing measures in place to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19:
- Curling rinks
- Gymnastic clubs
- Indoor live theatres
Any business that has not been ordered to close may reopen if they meet the following requirements:
- Comply with their obligations under section 88 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
- Develop and implement an exposure control plan to eliminate or minimize worker exposure to COVID-19.
- Complete a WSCC Workplace Risk Assessment. Completed form should be readily available on request from a public health official.
- Employers must have their workers complete a WSCC Field Level Risk Assessment before beginning work at any work site.
In addition to the above requirements, the following businesses and facilities may open as follows:
- All educational institutions if they obtain prior approval and comply with further direction from Chief Public Health Officer.
- Children’s summer camps if organizers obtain prior approval and comply with any directions from Chief Public Health Officer.
- Gyms and fitness centres
- Classes can resume. A WSCC Workplace Risk Assessment will determine class size limits and mitigation measures.
- Group fitness classes may be offered in an outdoor location.
- Golf courses and ski clubs may open, including indoor clubhouses.
- Outdoor tourism operators may operate if they do not have more than 25 people in one vehicle at any time.
- Offices (including governments), can open to the public if they restrict staff to a maximum of 25 people per floor or office location with physical distancing measures in place.
- Dine-in restaurants, lounges and bars may open. They may seat 25 customers inside, so long as physical distancing can be maintained. Dance floors and live music are prohibited.
- Libraries may operate with prior approval from the CPHO.
Offices, retailers, and restaurants that meet the expectations of disinfection and social (physical) distance of at least two metres can remain open.
Essentially, this means businesses not mentioned above can remain open if they maintain good social distance and do not present a high-risk. Those expectations can be found here.
Some examples fitting into this category:
- Corner stores
- Large retail stores (i.e. Canadian Tire)
If you are unsure if your business meets the criteria, or are looking for further advice on how to keep your business safe, contact email@example.com
What can businesses do if they have questions about continuing operations, or making their business safe?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with an Environmental Health Officer. They will give you the right advice.
To limit the introduction and spread of COVID 19, it is important to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres. Certain businesses that require close contact between people increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The actions that we are taking will help protect residents – especially our elderly and other vulnerable populations.
- Email email@example.com
- Call 8-1-1. Protect NWT staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Information for Workplaces (Government of Canada)
- COVID-19 Info for GNWT Employees (My HR)
- Social Distancing, Mandatory Self-isolation or Mandatory Isolation (GNWT)
- Staying Safe at Work and WSCC Service Updates (WSCC)