For over a week now, construction work, firms, and trades across British Columbia have been given the all clear from the provincial health officer to remain operational, as they have been classified as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, this means all types of construction projects in the province can continue.
Over the latter half of March, construction contractors have had to quickly adapt to changing mandated health policies for their work sites, but the latest procedures implemented since the end of last month have had some semblance of longevity so far.
Satiner Sidhu, the co-chair of the Infrastructure Construction and Procurement Group at Clark Wilson LLP, says no more than 50 people are to be in the same space under any circumstances, and just like general physical distancing practice, employees should maintain a distance of two metres where possible.
In elevators and construction hoists, the capacity in the cabin is limited to no more than four people.
In-person meetings are to be reduced, and on-site meetings should be held in open spaces or outside.
For enhanced sanitation practices, there needs to be an increase in the number of hand-washing stations with signage to identify their location, and all common areas and surfaces must be cleaned daily.
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