Provincial Health Officer Order – Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health

The Provincial Health Officer has now issued a written order with respect to Vancouver Coastal Health (except Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast) and Fraser Health, further to verbal orders that were first issued on November 7, 2020, with regard to social gatherings, indoor sport activities and other matters. The Order remains place until Monday, November 23, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.

The Order includes the following requirements for workplace safety:


  1. Employers must review their COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure that they adequately protect workers from the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace and are consistent with WorkSafeBC requirements.
  2. An employer of a worker who is working in a workplace other than the worker’s private residence must ensure that the worker has done a daily health check for the symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. If an employer is not satisfied that a worker has done a daily health check the employer must not permit the worker to work at the workplace.
  4. Employers should encourage workers to work from their private residence if feasible, unless there is a preference on the part of the employer or the worker for the worker to work at the workplace.
  5. Employers must ensure that their COVID-19 Safety Plan includes measures to prevent workers from crowding together or congregating in higher risk spaces, including elevators, lobbies, stairwells, corridors, bathrooms, break rooms and kitchens.

The latest Order can be accessed here.


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