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COVID-19 updates for March 18, 2020

Published on: March 18, 2020

WorkSafeBC is working to support the direction of public health agencies in slowing the progression of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Below are some updates from the past week that may be of relevance to workplaces in British Columbia.

B.C. declares state of emergency

On March 17, the province of British Columbia declared a public health emergency. All businesses and organizations that cannot meet the province’s requirement for social distancing (a recommended distance of 1-2 metres between patrons) should close. See the full statement.

Gatherings of more than 50 people

On March 16, the provincial government issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings and other similar events. See the full statement.

Self-isolation for all travellers from outside of Canada

As of March 15, federal and provincial public health leaders have recommended that all travellers from outside of Canada self-isolate for 14 days. These efforts will contribute to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Learn more from the Public Health Agency of Canada.