Workers Traveling within the NWT

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Thu, 11/19/2020 - 09:28

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Overview

These workers have different public health restrictions when entering the NWT:

  • Persons engaged in providing essential services, including but not limited to, health and social service providers, postal service workers, peace officers and others employed for the preservation and maintenance of the public peace, emergency responders, employees of and persons engaged by the Department of National Defence, municipal enforcement officers, community government essential service workers and, federal and territorial parks officers.
  • Persons engaged in providing support services to essential services workers.
  • Non-remote infrastructure project workers.

Anyone who is not listed above and feels they are essential should contact their employer.

Essential employees require WSCC risk assessment completed by their employer. For more information, please see:

Information for supply chain workers, flight crew, and airline employees

If they are in the NWT for less than 36 hours, they must self-monitor and comply with the social distancing protocols established by the Chief Public Health Officer while working and self-isolate while not working.

If they show symptoms of COVID-19, they must immediately self-isolate and call a health care provider.

If they will be in the NWT for more than 36 hours, they must:

  • Submit a worker self-isolation plan to protectnwt@gov.nt.ca or by calling 1-833-378-8297 as soon as reasonably possible.
  • They must stay in their accommodations and self-isolate when not working.
  • Comply with social distancing protocols when working.
  • Always wear a mask while:
    • in indoor public spaces (i.e. getting to place of self-isolation or seeking urgent medical care);
    • in indoor shared spaces (i.e. apartment hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, etc);
    • outdoors when physical distancing (6ft distance) between yourself and others cannot be maintained; or,
    • interfacing with co-workers or members of the public
  • If they are sick, they must not travel into the NWT.
  • And If they get sick while they are here, they must immediately go into self-isolation and call a health care provider.

If they are NWT residents and have not travelled outside Canada within the past 14 days, but have travelled outside the NWT as part of their work duties, they are exempt from the above, but must:

  • abide by  the Travel Restriction Protocol established by the Chief Public Health Officer while working outside of the Northwest Territories;
  • maintain 2 meters distance from persons outside their household while working. When this is not possible, wear a face-covering or personal protective equipment;
  • self-isolate while not on duty;
  • self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the daily self-monitoring form while working outside of the Northwest Territories and for 14 days following their return to the Northwest Territories, and make the completed form readily available upon request from a public health officer or healthcare provider;  and
  • immediately self-isolate and contact a health care provider if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please note: all exemptions become void if you develop symptoms and you must follow all guidance provided by a health care provider.

Information for essential service workers, non-remote infrastructure workers and support workers

They must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to the NWT.

They must also:

  • Before coming to the NWT, complete and submit a worker self-isolation plan(link is external) to protectnwt@gov.nt.ca a minimum of 14 days in advance of arrival. Protect NWT can also be contacted at 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT). The self-isolation plan must be approved by Protect NWT before they can enter the NWT.
  • Obtain an approval document from the Chief Public Health Officer via Protect NWT, prior to entering the NWT.
  • Comply with their self-isolation plan.
  • Complete and submit the symptom check form to Protect NWT online or by calling 8-1-1 on their 2nd, 6th, 10th and 14th days of self-isolation
  • Monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow healthy respiratory practices
  • always wear a mask while:
  • in indoor public spaces (i.e. getting to place of self-isolation or seeking urgent medical care);
  • in indoor shared spaces (i.e. apartment hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, etc);
  • outdoors when physical distancing (6ft distance) between yourself and others cannot be maintained; or
  • interfacing with co-workers or members of the public
  • Must physically distance from co-workers and/or members of the public at all times;
  • Do not use shared tools, equipment, vehicles, or work spaces and disinfect after use;
  • Only travel and complete work duties that have been approved in your self-isolation plan and permission to work application. Additional travel and work within the NWT during the first 14 days is not permitted.
  • All essential good (i.e., work materials or groceries) must be delivered to you in a contact free manner
  • make every effort to conduct work virtually or remotely and with minimal contact with others;
  • If they are sick, they must not travel to the NWT.

Essential Service Worker employers should submit the Employer Permission To Work Application a minimum of 14 days in advance of the employee’s arrival in the NWT. Employers with multiple employee applications should consider submitting documents up to four weeks in advance. 

  • If you become sick while in the NWT they must immediately self-isolate and contact a local healthcare provider
  • immediately isolate and contact a local public health unit or health center if you have been made aware that you:
    • are a contact of a known COVID-19 positive case; or,
    • have been part of a COVID-19 outbreak

Applications can be submitted earlier if travel plans are known. If the request is approved, the Essential Service Worker must:

  • Complete 14 days of social distancing protocols established by the Chief Public Health Officer
  • Comply with all steps set out above.
  • Socially distance while working.
  • Self-isolate while not working.

If they show symptoms of COVID-19, they must immediately self-isolate and call a health care provider.

Information for essential workers living with individuals self-isolating

Changes to self-isolation guidance took effect on November 18, 2020.

This new guidance includes new requirements for resident essential workers who have not travelled who:

  • Live with anyone who has traveled within the last 14 days
  • Is deemed essential by their employer and cannot complete work duties remotely or virtually
  • Must continue working in person during the 14 day household self-isolation period

To continue working, their employer must:

In order to continue working, the essential worker must:

  • Submit a Worker’s Self-Isolation Plan;
  • Receive an approval letter from the CPHO; and
  • Comply with all requirements attached to the Permission to Work approval

Guidelines the essential worker will be expected to follow includes, but is not limited to:

Permission to work requests are reviewed by the CPHO and considered on a case by case basis. Essential workers and those they live with are strongly encourage to plan ahead, and consider arrangements allowing those they live with to self-isolate separately

Information for mining and oil and gas industry employees

The following steps shall be taken by all workers:

  1. Practice social distancing for 14 days prior to traveling within the NWT;
  2. Practice enhanced hand hygiene;
  3. Follow healthy respiratory practices and enhanced disinfection procedures;
  4. Monitor themselves for symptoms 14 days prior to traveling within the NWT, using the attached daily self-monitoring form;
  5. Follow guidance included in the Protocol if you or a member of your household have or develop COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days prior to traveling within the NWT;
  6. Have the completed daily self-monitoring form ready if required to produce the completed form at a port of entry into the NWT; and
  7. Provide the completed daily self-monitoring form to their Occupational Health Supervisor upon arrival to the remote camp.

For more information, see Social Distancing Protocol for Remote Work Camps - In Relaxing Phase 2

Changes to self-isolation guidance – impacts on remote camp employees

Changes to self-isolation guidance took effect on November 17, 2020.

This guidance requires anyone sharing a household with anyone who is self-isolating after travel to self-isolate as well.  

This is also required for resident workers at remote camps and resident MPR workers.

Remote camp workers who wish to avoid self-isolating along with their household are strongly encourage to plan ahead, and consider arrangements allowing those they live with to self-isolate separately. 


Important

Businesses and corporations are responsible for ensuring compliance with the public health order. If anyone believes that rules are not being followed, they are encouraged to email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca(link sends e-mail) or call 1-833-378-8297. The NWT compliance and enforcement team will follow up.

 

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