Information current as of

Monday, June 1, 2020 ‒ 14:20

Operating businesses, services and events safely during COVID-19

Any business or service provider not currently mandated to close under the Civil Emergency Measures Act may operate on the condition that appropriate safety precautions are in place and a COVID-19 Operational Plan is set up. For the list of services mandated to close read Prohibited services in Yukon during COVID-19.

Recreational programming such as sporting events, camps or a range of other activities are possible, but must have a plan that details the appropriate safety precautions and mitigations, approved by public health officials.

Safety precautions

For many businesses, service providers and event organizers, the public health risk can be adequately minimized so long as:

  • 2-metre physical distancing is maintained;
  • hand hygiene practices are followed for both staff and the public;
  • employees stay home when sick;
  • everyone follows the requirements for self-isolation; and
  • shared areas and surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Operational plan for employers

Employers must develop a COVID-19 Operational Plan and mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace to ensure they comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the orders made by the Minister for Community Services and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. These plans do not need to be submitted for review.

Businesses such as restaurants, bars and personal care services are currently mandated to close under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. When these businesses receive direction that they can open there will be supporting guidelines to inform their operational plans. As these businesses are regulated under the Public Health and Safety Act, they must submit their Operational Plan to COVID19info@gov.yk.ca for review by Environmental Health Services.

Download the COVID-19 operational plan template for businesses and services.

In the event that a Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) Occupational Health and Safety officer or an Environment Health officer performs a site visit, employer’s may be asked to produce a copy of their COVID-19 Operational Plan. Employers may voluntarily submit their COVID-19 Operational Plans to the YWCHSB for review at worksafe@gov.yk.ca. Please note, due to the high volume of COVID-19 related inquiries, evaluation of plans could take up to 7 business days.

Request for review of service or event

Event planners and recreational programmers can submit the detail of their activity and have it reviewed and approved by public health professionals. This review will determine the best approach to help organizations prevent the spread of COVID-19, while providing activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

Request online

Request a review of operations during COVID-19

Or

Download and complete the PDF application

Request for review of operations during COVID-19 form and email to covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Please note, due to the high volume of COVID-19 related inquiries, a response to plans could take up to 10 business days.

Read the guidelines here:

Posters and signage

Download posters and signs to put up in your community or business.

Additional information

For additional information on cleaning and disinfecting, please call Environmental Health Services at 867-667-8391 or toll free at 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8391 or contact them by e-mail at environmental.health@gov.yk.ca.

Read Support for Yukon businesses
Read Business support for cancelled events
Read Yukon Business Relief Program