Mask mandates are being lifted for public servants while government departments and agencies will return to the workplace at full capacity, Health Canada said in an update of its occupational health guidance on May 16.
“Masks can be removed when physical distancing can be maintained at a workstation or in a meeting,” the federal health agency said in a news release, adding that people should continue to wear medical masks or respirators in indoor spaces where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing such as elevators, entrances, hallways, and stairwells.
Health Canada said government departments and agencies can return to full building occupancy with “appropriate use of workplace preventive practices” in a “layered approach” to control the spread of COVID-19 in occupational environments.
Active screening of employees and visitors is no longer required in most workplaces but signs will remain in place to prevent symptomatic individuals from entering commercial or administrative buildings. Other preventive practices such as ventilation, sanitation, and hand hygiene are still recommended in federal workplaces.
Under PSOHP, Health Canada is in charge of providing occupational health medical advice and guidance to over 125 departments and agencies representing over 250,000 Canadian public servants… read more [Epoch Times]