Staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Provincial Government of British Columbia has indicated that “construction work, construction firms, skilled trades, and professionals, and; construction and light industrial machinery and equipment rental” are non-health essential service providers and as such can stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this does not mean that business is as usual for construction projects. In particular, construction projects need to follow the guidelines as released by the Provincial Government of British Columbia on March 22, 2020 (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines include requirements by construction projects to:
- limit 50 people in the same space;
- maintain a distance of 2 metres apart where possible;
- post signage that limits occupants of elevators to four people;
- hold site meetings in open spaces;
- increase handwashing stations;
- maintain a current list of employees; and
- complete a daily cleaning of common areas and surfaces.
Importantly, the Guidelines confirm that the order of Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, dated March 16, 2020, indicating that all gatherings of people in excess of 50 people are prohibited, does not apply to construction sites as a whole.