This section contains up-to-date health and safety information for businesses operating during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought about unprecedented health and safety challenges for businesses. Both employers and employees have responsibilities to maintain a health workplace for themselves and customers.
Visit the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) for COVID-19 health information and comprehensive guidance.
Latest Update - May 11th, 2021: Workers will soon have access to a made-in-B.C. paid sick leave program that will provide three days of paid sick leave related to COVID-19, such as having symptoms, self-isolating and waiting for a test result.
Latest Update - April 28th, 2021: Full- and part-time employees can now get up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, retroactive to April 19th, 2021.
Latest Update - April 19th, 2021: The B.C. government is extending the March 30th, 2021 PHO order – Gatherings and Events until May 25th, 2021.
In this section:
How is COVID-19 spread?
Essential information on everything from better understanding what COVID-19 is and how it spreads to how to help protect the mental health of you and your employees.
What can I do to protect myself, staff, and customers?
Keep these basics in mind as we move through the phases of the BC Restart Plan.
Learn more about when and how to use face masks.
What do I do if someone at my business has symptoms?
Know what to do if you, a staff member, or a customer has symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19.
What is a COVID-19 Safety Plan?
You must create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace when you reopen.
What do employees need to know?
Get information and resources from WorkSafeBC to help employees understand how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What happens during a WorkSafeBC inspection during COVID-19?
WorkSafeBC regularly inspects workplaces to ensure they follow health and safety guidelines. Know what to expect during an inspection.
Can I travel for work in B.C. or internationally?
Get the latest information about domestic and international business travel during COVID-19.
Where can I get more health and safety help and advice?
Sign up for Small Business BC webinars on HR, health and safety, and other operational topics.
Where can I find mental health resources?
There are plenty of positive actions business owners and managers can take to protect and nurture their own mental health, and the mental health of their team.
When might I or my employees be able to get a vaccine?
Read about B.C.'s immunization plan, including who can get the vaccine and when.