Workplace Closures

In accordance with direction from the Provincial Health Officer, workplaces with COVID-19 transmission may be closed for a minimum of 10 days. Workplaces continue to see COVID-19 transmission, clusters and outbreaks. 

On April 8, 2021, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that when three or more people in a workplace have COVID-19 with likely transmission in the workplace, the workplace may be ordered to close, helping reduce transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.

The closure notice may be served by Public Health or WorksafeBC and the closure will remain in place for a minimum of 10 days to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.  

In the case of complex workplaces (e.g., large construction sites), a closure may be restricted to parts of the workplace where transmission has occurred.  

By using targeted worksite closures around current cases of COVID-19, we may be able to avoid or delay broader workplace closure measures, which could close entire business sectors.

Workplace Closure List:

This page is updated daily with closures confirmed in the previous 24 hours. Closures are removed once the workplace has reopened.

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Information for employers

Assessing a workplace for transmission
The likelihood of transmission on-site is assessed using testing results, information cases provide about their activities and interactions, as well as information about the worksite itself. Worksites where onsite transmission cannot be ruled out may be closed. Cases may be employees or patrons.

Length of a closure
Workplaces ordered closed by Public Health must remain closed for a minimum of 10 days to reduce the risk of transmission. This is a minimum timeline to break the cycle of transmission, taking into account the incubation period of COVID-19 and the time it takes for individuals to be tested. An incubation period is the time from exposure to the start of symptoms. 
However, if more recent exposures than were already known are found on-site, it could delay the reopening of a workplace. Public Health will notify a business as soon as possible if any changes to the reopening timeline are expected.

During a closure
During a 10-day closure, Public Health will continue to investigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission at the workplace, as well as any new cases identified in connection to the workplace. They may also need to gather further information about the workplace staff or the COVID-19 safety plan and procedures. 

If Public Health cannot gather sufficient information in order to assess the transmission risk, reopening may be delayed beyond 10 days. To support a worksite reopening as soon as possible, a worksite representative should be available to assist the investigators during this time. 

If Public Health does not require additional information for their investigation, a workplace may not hear directly from the cluster investigation team.

Reopening after closure
A workplace may reopen 10 days after closure unless notified otherwise by Public Health.

Public Health or WorksafeBC may need to inspect the site either during the period the business is closed or at the time of reopening. This supports workplaces in strengthening their COVID-19 safety plans to reduce the chance of transmission at the workplace if new cases come to the worksite after reopening. An inspection can assist in answering any questions a business may have about COVID-19 safety plans, and it will identify and address any issues before reopening.

Additional information

Can a workplace apply for reconsideration of a closure?

Under the Public Health Act, reconsideration requests will not be assessed at this time.

Can I have further details on cases at a worksite?

Due to privacy restrictions, additional information on cases at a worksite cannot legally be shared unless it is needed for public health decision-making.

Can a business stay open if they bring in new employees?

Public health is not permitting this as an alternative at this time. There is an additional risk to the community of increasing COVID-19 transmission if groups of employees are moved back and forth between sites.

Can staff work at other sites during the closure?

Staff members identified as known close contacts of a case will need to isolate. 
For staff members not formally identified as close contacts, there is still a reasonably high risk of unidentified exposure at the worksite. For this reason, Public Health strongly discourages staff members from going to other worksites as it has the potential to introduce COVID-19 into a second worksite, which then poses risk to that worksite’s operations.

Can staff be vaccinated?

There is a restricted supply of doses for outbreak-related vaccination. Public Health assesses worksites on a case-by-case basis and contacts those businesses where vaccination can be offered. If you are not contacted for immunization, it is because we are unable to offer that option at this moment.

Why wasn’t another business with cases closed?

Closures only occur if transmission is likely to have happened within the workplace, as determined by a public health investigation. Some business sectors are exempt from closure if such closure would pose an immediate risk to public health and safety. 

Workplace Closure Archive

April 2021

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