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Interior Health announces additional health measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak

Published on: August 20, 2021

Interior Health (IH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Interior Health region due to significant increases in COVID-19 transmission, and is announcing measures to contain the outbreak.

Employers are advised that Interior Health announced health measures for all of the Interior Health region effective August 21. For more information, see:

Interior Health measures

The measures are in effect in the Interior Health Region beginning August 21, 2021:

  • Nightclubs and bars are ordered to close (only those establishments with a full meal service may stay open)
  • High-intensity fitness classes are prohibited.
  • Restaurants are required to limit seating to groups of up to six people, and are prohibited from serving alcohol past 10 p.m.
  • Gatherings in vacation rentals are limited to five guests, plus the occupants.
  • Casinos may remain open with COVID-19 Safety Plans  in place.

Restrictions are being put into place for indoor and outdoor gatherings, which include restrictions on the maximum number of attendees, and a requirement to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Employers in the Interior Health region are also required to follow a mandatory mask order for people 12 and older in all public indoor spaces. Non-essential travel should be avoided.

These restrictions remain in place until further notice.

What employers need to do

As part of the management of communicable disease in their workplace, employers are required to monitor for communicable disease related information from their regional public health officials and the provincial health officer related to their area and industry, and to follow that guidance and direction should additional measures be necessary in their workplace. Learn more about responding to elevated risk and additional measures you may need to follow in these instances.

All employers are reminded that the risks associated with COVID-19 are still present, and that a sustained focus on communicable disease prevention is an essential part of keeping workers and the public safe. WorkSafeBC has a communicable disease prevention guide for employers that provides information and support on how to ensure your plan responds to elevated risks of communicable disease, such as COVID-19, that may occur at a local or regional level or within a workplace.

WorkSafeBC will share any specific workplace health and safety guidance stemming from these measures, but continue to visit the Interior Health website for the latest updates.

For additional information

Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak in the Central Okanagan  (posted July 29, 2021)