WorkSafeBC 10-Day Closures – Details on Expedited Closures


April 12, 2021 — Effective today, new powers have been granted to local Medical Health Officers and WorkSafeBC officers to issue closure orders to workplaces in response to COVID-19 transmission.

If a workplace has 3 employees test positive for COVID-19 and public health officials believes that transmission occurred at the workplace, an order to close the workplace for a minimum of 10 days may be issued.  Following a closure order, WorkSafeBC will work with the employer to ensure safety plans are sufficient and develop a return to opening process.

To avoid this risk of closure, businesses should ensure they are following best practices for prevention of COVID-19 in the workplace.  This includes ensuring an updated COVID-19 Safety Plan is in place, and that workers are performing daily health checks:

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Daily Worker Health Checks 

  • Employers must ensure that every worker performs a daily health check before entering the workplace.
  • Health checks are mandatory self-assessments conducted by workers and includes confirming with their employer, in written or verbal format, that they have reviewed the complete list of entry requirements and that none of the prohibited criteria apply to them.
  • Health Check Template — Use this document to ensure you are asking the right questions.  You must ask workers:
    • Whether have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days
    • Whether they have been told by public health that they are a close contact of a positive COVID case
    • Whether they have been told by public health to isolate
    • Whether they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
      • fever, chills, cough, loss of smell or taste, extreme tiredness, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing or sore throat
    • If they answer yes, they should not be allowed in the workplace. If they have symptoms, they should call 811 to determine if they should be tested.
  • By performing this health screen, you are doing your due diligence to ensure sick or at-risk workers do not remain in your workplace