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In preparation for the re-opening of the economy, the provincial government released new safety guidelines to help businesses begin to prepare and adapt to the new COVID-19 reality.

The safety guidelines –61 in total - released today provide direction for those working in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food manufacturing and processing,
  • Restaurant and foodservice and in the
  • Agricultural sector.

Specific to the HVAC industry, the guidelines include: 

  • Changes to the workplace, like installing plexiglass barriers, increasing the air intake on building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to increase airflow and using boot sanitizing trays.
  • Promoting proper workplace sanitation, providing personal protective equipment, substituting dry dusting with vacuuming, ensuring customer-facing staff is given hand sanitizer, providing a place to dispose of sanitizing wipes, and enforcing handwashing before and after breaks.
  • Guidelines for construction are available here.

In addition, posters to promote safety tips on physical distancing and sanitation for workplaces are downloaded here.

The provincial government has not provided a date for when the economic re-opening will begin beyond stating that there must be a consistent and continual decline in COVID-19 cases in hospitals and healthcare facilities and in the community.  The gradual economic re-opening will be done in a staged approach balancing public health and workplace safety priorities and those of the business community.