In accordance with direction from the Provincial Health Officer, workplaces with COVID-19 transmission will be closed.

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 will be ordered to close unless it is in the overriding public interest to keep it open. 

With the new Order of the Provincial Health Officer, the closure notice can be served by health authority Environmental Health Officers or WorkSafeBC. The closure will generally be for 10 days, or as otherwise determined by the Medical Health Officer, to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 and to allow time to update and approve the worksite COVID-19 safety plan

As per provincial direction, workplace closures will be posted publicly on health authority websites. Once businesses are authorized to reopen, the listing will be removed from the website

Workplace closures

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Updated: June 23, 2021, at 11:00 AM
This page is updated weekdays with closures confirmed in the previous 24 hours. 

Information for employers and employees

Why are you closing workplaces to address the spread of COVID-19?  

COVID-19 transmission can occur in workplaces, including those that serve the public. By closing these workplaces, we can prevent additional workers from becoming infected and taking COVID-19 home to their families and their communities.   

Why has my workplace been ordered closed? 

When cases of COVID-19 are identified who worked while infectious to others, Public Health will initiate an investigation to identify and isolate any close workplace contacts. If the public health investigation determines that transmission has occurred at the workplace despite existing COVID-19 safety measures, an Order may be issued closing the workplace to prevent further transmission and to allow time for the workplace to update its COVID-19 safety plan. In the case of complex workplaces (e.g., large construction sites), the closure may be restricted to those parts of the workplace where transmission has occurred or other preventive measures may be implemented.  

Public health investigation prior to closure of a workplace includes interviewing all identified COVID-19 cases and close contacts.  An onsite inspection will be conducted by either Environmental Health Officers or WorkSafeBC as part of the investigation. The determination to close a worksite is made by a Medical Health Officer. 

What can I expect from re-opening?  

During this closure period, Public Health will continue to follow all COVID-19 cases and their close contacts. Public health may need to inspect the site either during the period the business is closed or at the time of reopening.   

Employers will be required by WorkSafeBC to review their COVID-19 Safety Plan before reopening and make necessary improvements to reduce the risk of workplace transmission. 

Public Health will let the employer know as soon as possible if any changes to the initial reopening timeline are expected. 

What role does WorkSafe BC play in the closure?  

The decision to close a workplace is the sole responsibility of a Medical Health Officer. Health authority Environmental Health Officers have the authority to deliver closure Orders. The Provincial Health Officer has delegated WorkSafeBC prevention officers to also serve an Order to close the workplace, if directed by a Medical Health Officer. When they do, the WorkSafeBC prevention officer will also provide the employer with materials related to reviewing their COVID-19 Safety Plan and will provide assistance with revision of the safety plans during the closure when asked by employers.   

When a closure Order is issued by an Environmental Health Officer or a WorkSafeBC prevention officer, they will approve a list of people able to enter during the closure for safety and security reasons or to implement COVID-19 prevention measures.  

Can I have further details on the cases identified at my workplace? How do you assess for transmission? 

At the time of closure, Public Health will advise workplace Management of the reason for the closure and the number of identified COVID-19 cases associated with transmission at the worksite. Due to patient confidentiality, the names of cases and close contacts will not be shared unless required for Public Health investigation or decision-making. 

Can staff work at other workplaces during the closure? 

Staff members identified as known close contacts of a case by Public Health will need to isolate for a minimum of 14 days after their last exposure to a case and follow Public Health guidance regarding COVID-19 testing.   

Staff members not formally identified as close contacts will be asked to self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and to seek assessment if symptoms develop. They will also be advised to carefully follow all public health guidance and to strictly follow COVID-19 safety plans if they work elsewhere during this period. 

Can staff be vaccinated?  

Staff should be encouraged to register and get vaccinated through gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated. All residents of BC born in 2003 or earlier are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Second doses will be scheduled according to the provincially determined interval. 

Why wasn’t another business with cases closed? 

Closures only occur if a cluster of three or more cases is identified at a workplace and transmission is likely to have happened within the workplace, as determined by a Public Health investigation. Most COVID-19 cases acquire infection through household or social exposures and do not transmit it to others at their workplace, therefore the identification of workers with infection at a worksite does not always result in closure. Even if transmission has occurred, some workplaces may be able to remain open or partially open if it is determined a closure would not be in the overriding public interest. Some examples of this could include police and fire stations, health care facilities, grocery stores, schools, daycares, courthouses, distribution hubs for necessary goods and other workplaces as determined by the Medical Health Officer.