Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers

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Across Canada, we are taking extraordinary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For some workplaces, this may mean changing or limiting their hours of operation, or even closing for a period of time. Many employees have been told to stay at home, and others have been asked to work from home, while still others are asked to continue to go to work because their jobs are essential to keeping Canada functioning during this outbreak.

Essential workers are considered critical to preserving life, health and basic societal functioning. This includes, but is not limited to, first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure workers, hydro and natural gas, and workers who are essential to supply society by critical goods such as food and medicines.

While all employees should continue to practice physical distancing and hygiene in their personal lives, we also need to take additional measures to protect important workplaces and employees, who are providing essential services. Employers and employees will need to work together to protect the health of employees and clients, and to keep the workplace delivering its essential services.

Employers should use the risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces/businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all employees

All employees should ensure they understand and comply with the infection prevention policies and practices in place in their workplaces.

Keep your hands clean

Keep your environment clean

Keep your distance

If you have a symptom of COVID-19

For employers

Establish policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and make sure these are communicated and understood by employees:

Provide the necessary facilities and cleaning and disinfecting products to maintain a clean and safe workplace:

Make sure employees know what to do when they have symptoms:

Certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, or individuals who receive or provide other essential services to Canadians, are exempt from needing to quarantine (self-isolate) due to travel outside of Canada, as long as they are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms of COVID-19).

You must:

We can all do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit or contact 1-833-784-4397.

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