Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Information for Employers and Businesses

Last modified: 
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 13:40

Employers and employees have a role to play in reducing the spread of infection. For information on what you can, please see Government of Canada's Information for Workplaces.

 

To find out if you are considered an essential worker and what that means, please see  Workers Exempt from Travel Restrictions.

 

Effective March 19 the majority of GNWT employees will be asked to work from home until further notice. For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for GNWT Employees.

Can employees go to work?

Anyone arriving in the NWT must self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith only. No NWT resident is allowed to self-isolate in a small community or other regional centre other than the four listed communities if they have returned from outside the NWT.

This is a measure to avoid overwhelming health centres in small remote communities, and ensure those exposed to COVID-19 are close a well-equipped hospital care.

You will need to:

There are some groups that are considered exempt from travel restrictions, but would have different isolation requirements when entering the NWT. For more information, see Workers Exempt from Travel Restrictions.

For the latest travel information, please see Information for travellers

If employees develop symptoms within 14 days, they should continue to isolate themselves from others, and should call a health care provider:

  • Yellowknife: 867-767-9120, or book online at www.nthssa.ca/appointments
  • Inuvik: 867-490-2225
  • Fort Smith: 867-621-2233 or 867-872-0562
  • Hay River: 867-874-7201 (between 08:30-16.30). After hours call Emergency Department at 867-874-8050.
  • Other Communities can call their local health centres, www.hss.gov.nt.ca/health-centres

I have completed my self-isolation. Now what?

If you have completed 14 days of self-isolation without developing any symptoms during this time, then the risk of having COVID-19 is low. You can return to work or your daily activities, but you will need to continue practicing healthy respiratory practices and social distancing of 2 meters.

However, if you came into close contact during your 14 days of isolation with another person confirmed to have COVID-19, such as a family member, you will need to extend your self-isolation for another 14 days from your last exposure.

At any time during your self-isolation you develop symptoms, you can use the NWT Online COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or  call your health care provider and they will provide advice on what you should do.

You can contact a health care provider as follows:

  • Yellowknife: 867-767-9120, or book online at www.nthssa.ca/appointments
  • Inuvik: 867-490-2225
  • Fort Smith: 867-621-2233 or 867-872-0562
  • Hay River: 867-874-7201 (between 08:30-16.30). After hours call Emergency Department at 867-874-8050.
  • Other Communities can call their local health centres, www.hss.gov.nt.ca/health-centres

If your symptoms become severe call 9-1-1.

What should I tell my employees?

Let staff know they should stay home if they are feeling sick and to practice healthy respiratory practices. Discuss possible alternate work arrangements if staff are required to self-isolate and send them to the latest information on COVID-19 found here: www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19

Can employees travel for work?

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada is advising citizens to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Further to this advice, the Chief Public Health Officer is recommending that NWT residents avoid all non-essential travel outside of the Northwest Territories.

What can staff do to protect themselves

  • Continue to follow healthy respiratory practices
  • Skip greetings involving physical contact (e.g. shaking hands, hugging) with co-workers, clients and the public.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information
  • Practice safe sharing (e.g. wash your hands, cleaning utensils, etc.)

What businesses should close?

The Chief Public Health is recommending that the following businesses be closed as the nature of their operation will not allow them to have suitable distancing measures in place to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19:

  • Tour Operators
  • Bottle Depots
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Museums and Art galleries
  • Bars and night clubs
  • Theatres and movie theatres
  • Buffet style restaurants
  • Personal service establishments (barber, hair salons, massage, nail and other salons)

For more information, see Information on Mass Gatherings.

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