Regional Round Up
Over the past week there have been many COVID-19 related changes. As we face new challenges across the country, here is a brief update on each region.
Yukon- An increase in cases in the territory has resulted in a temporary drive through testing site in Whitehorse and the re-implementation of quarantine control measures for those that have travelled into the territory.
BC- An increase in province Wide restrictions has been issued until December 7th. These restrictions include a suspension of all social gatherings, masks are required in all indoor public settings and workplaces. Travel outside of, and between regions within, the province is to be avoided. All travel related quarantine measures continue.
Alberta- Social gatherings in Edmonton and Calgary are to stop being held within a home. All "watch list" communities are to limit social gatherings to 15 people or less, it is recommended to limit cohorts to 3 or less. Additionally, wearing a mask in the workplace is recommended when safe social distancing is not feasible. Further measures are being reviewed.
Saskatchewan- There is now a requirement for mandatory masks in indoor spaces province wide. Additionally all private indoor gatherings are to be reduced to 5 people or less and visitation to long term care homes is suspended. Those areas that are in the highest risk areas remain under increased restrictions.
Manitoba- All private, residential gatherings are not permitted. There are limited exceptions for certain persons to enter a private residence, including the delivery of goods. All public gatherings with more than 5 people are prohibited, both indoors and outdoors. Only essential items may be sold in retail stores ( this includes automotive parts and supplies) . All retail businesses are to restrict occupancy to 25% of capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower. Online sales may continue. Masks remain a requirement in all indoor public spaces.
Ontario- In addition to these restrictions, there may be enhanced restrictions or guidelines in individual health regions. All orders under he ROA have been extended to December 21, 2020. For the most up to date information on your region, please click here.
Quebec- Red zone restrictions have been extended to January 11, 2021. Quebec has also released guidelines for the holidays. This includes allowing gatherings of up to 10 people from Dec 24-27, with the recommendation that participants limit contact for one week before and after the temporary window. This may impact attendance for some employees who cannot work from home.
Newfoundland and Labrador- The province has announced that for the next 2 weeks, the provisions of the "Atlantic Bubble" will be paused. Any person travelling from another province will be required to self- isolate, even if they are residence of the province. Some regions ( including Deer Lake) also have business closure provisions in place. Check with your local health region for specific requirements in your area.
PEI- The island has also suspended participation in the "Atlantic Bubble" for two weeks starting November 24th. If travel off the island to other Atlantic provinces includes returning to PEI on the same day, and is for an essential service, the requirement to isolate will be lifted if they have avoided stores, restaurants, and visiting. If you have an employee who commutes from off the island, they may apply for an exemption.
New Brunswick- The province has implemented travel restrictions for those returning from Halifax. Tightened restrictions on Moncton and Saint John are also in effect. Orange zone restrictions include the requirement to wear a mask in public places, including outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.
Nova Scotia- There are additional restrictions in place in some counties. Please visit the Halifax County restriction alerts and the Hants County restriction alerts if you are in one of these areas. These additional restrictions are in place from Nov 23- Dec 21.
GNWT/Nunavut- There are new travel restrictions in place, including the suspension of the inter-territorial "bubble".
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