Although the Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended that travel in and out of Yukon’s rural communities remain limited, we recognize that travel by workers to communities may occur.
Entities providing any services should take all reasonable measures to prevent the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by a worker who provides services by:
- implementing a company-wide physical distancing policy for all workers requiring a minimum physical distance of 2 metres between workers and other people;
- following the guidelines for taxi and ride sharing;
- increasing regularly scheduled cleaning with a disinfecting agent such as antimicrobial disposable wipes or a bleach solution;
- supporting and maintaining high levels of hand hygiene, ensuring that workers have access to hand hygiene products and are able to follow physical distancing rules;
- supporting rapid response for an essential worker who develops symptoms;
- requiring workers to self-declare to their superior and to 811 or their health care practitioner if they have come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 and self-isolate if instructed by a health practitioner; and
- requiring workers showing symptoms of COVID-19 to phone 811 or their health practitioner and self-isolate for 14 days until otherwise instructed by their health care provider or by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.
Workers providing services
Workers providing services should:
- self-monitor daily for signs and symptoms of illness, including taking a daily temperature;
- follow protocols for infection prevention and control including diligent hand hygiene;
- avoid close contact with other workers while at work (for example, maintain a 2-metre separation and avoid shared spaces);
- maintain 2-metre physical distancing when travelling to and from work and between shifts, including in vehicles;
- follow the guidelines for taxi and ride sharing;
- not share personal items such as electronics, personal protective equipment, utensils, food or cigarettes and vaping devices;
- reduce in-person encounters whenever possible;
- self-isolate at home on days when they are not required at their workplace;
- report to their superior and to 811 or their health care practitioner if they have come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 and self-isolate if instructed by a health practitioner;
- avoid any unnecessary public establishments or stops but if stops are unavoidable (for example, fuelling), stay 2 metres away from others and depart as soon as possible; and
- plan their travel to their destination, ensuring they have sufficient gas, food and supplies so they do not need to stop along the way.
For the mining, resource and construction sector, the adjustment to business practices and service delivery means making provisions for workers to remain in camps or in other designated accommodations (for example, hotels) and not visit or interact with others within rural communities.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), the Government of Yukon’s Emergency Measures Organization and the Minister of Community Services realize that these are extraordinary measures that may cause hardship for people, families, communities and businesses.
By carefully following the legal orders and the directions of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukoners can each take responsibility and help to control of the spread of COVID-19 in Yukon.
Thank you for carefully following the orders, recommendations and guidelines and for contributing to protecting Yukon from COVID-19.
Read the full Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.