COVID-19 FAQ – New Restrictions and Impact on Construction
Please be advised that with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and activity around the province, CANS will be increasing our email communications to members to provide you with relevant updates, as soon as possible.
From Construction Safety Nova Scotia …
Here are some frequently asked questions we have been receiving about the new COVID-19 restrictions and the construction industry:
Q: Are there restrictions for the number of people on a jobsite?
At the present time, there are no restrictions for the number of people allowed on a jobsite. Physical distancing, mask use (to the extent possible) and good hygiene practices are required.
Q: Will specialized workers be turned away at when attempting to enter Nova Scotia by land or air?
Specialized workers are still able to enter Nova Scotia by land or air to conduct urgent and critical work, provided they adhere to the Specialized Worker Protocols.
Urgent and critical work is defined here.
Q: Do the new training restrictions pertain to areas outside of HRM?
Restrictions placed on training do not pertain to areas outside of the HRM and the affected surrounding communities.
Q: What are the training limits outside of HRM?
The number of students allowed in training courses taking place outside of the HRM and affected surrounding communities is a maximum of 50% of the rooms legal occupancy and no more than 100 persons. Those in attendance must adhere to physical distancing requirements of 2 metres (6 feet). 100% mask use is strongly encouraged. See section 5.5 of the Health Protection Act Order for full details.
Q: Can workers still travel in and out of HRM, even if they are not essential?
Travel in and out of HRM and affected surrounding communities for work is permitted.
Q: Will Department of Labour and Advanced Education make allowances for safety training/certification that is expired, due to cancelled training/ new restrictions?
As per previous times when health restrictions prevented training recertification, yes, allowances will be made (the expired training would need to coincide with the restriction dates).
Summary of Restrictions
Click here for frequently asked questions about the current restrictions in HRM and nearby communities, as of April 23, 2021.
Click here for frequently asked questions about travel restrictions in Nova Scotia, as of April 23, 2021.
Looking for the latest information about COVID-19? Take a look at the news section in CANS COVID-19 Information Centre. Here you can find recent news releases from the Province and vital information that will help you and your business navigate the global pandemic.
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