The World Forum - June 16th, 2024

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#Canada can now shut down businesses for 10 days due to COVID-19 transmission


In an effort to help stop COVID-19 transmission in workplaces around the province, WorkSafeBC inspectors have now been given new enforcement powers.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday that she has expedited B.C.’s workplace order to allow WorkSafeBC inspectors, under the Public Health Act, to close a workplace for at least 10 days to limit the spread of the virus in that location.

When three or more workers have COVID-19 at a workplace that is determined to be a result of transmission in that workplace, Henry said that is when WorkSafeBC inspectors can shut that business down for a length of time.

In the case of larger companies, it might just be one location or one team that needs to isolate, Henry explained.

The new enforcement powers will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.