Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are defined as having ONE of the following symptoms:
- Fever (including chills/sweats);
- Cough (new or worsening);
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes/conditions);
- Sore throat or difficulty swallowing;
- Acute loss of sense of smell or taste;
- Unusual fatigue, lack of energy;
- New onset of muscle aches;
- Loss of appetite;
- Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours;
- OR a child displaying small red or purple spots on hands and/or feet*
This list may not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.
This page contains links to Important Information that you may need for the financial wellness of your business with regards to COVID-19.
To find out more on The Government of Canada is response to the COVID-19, please click here.
Newfoundland and Labrador is currently at Alert Level 2
Alert Level 2 – COVID-19 (gov.nl.ca)
Click the link below to view public health guidance for all alert levels
Summary Table of the COVID-19 Alert Level System
Guidelines for Rotational Workers (updated March 12, 2021)
Guidelines for Essential Workers (updated April 14, 2021)
Self-Isolation and Testing Information for Employers and Essential Workers – COVID-19 (gov.nl.ca)
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Business Response Team
The Business Response Team will help businesses navigate through the COVID-19 Alert Level System. This will include guiding businesses to various resources and guidelines available on how to operate in a way that protects workers and customers from the potential risk of COVID-19. The Business Response Team is here to help businesses in any way they can.
If you have inquiries, please send an email to: email@example.com or call 1-833-771-0696, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Important Resources to Assist Your Business:
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
|COVID-19 Update Homepage||www.gov.nl.ca/COVID-19|
|Alert Level System||https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/alert-system/|
|Information Sheets for Business and Workplaces||https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/information-sheets-for-businesses-and-workplaces/|
|Business Response Teamfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-771-0696|
|Guidance on Cloth and Non-medical masks||https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/files/Guidance-on-Cloth-Masks-Non-Medical-Masks.pdf|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||https://www.cdc.gov/|
|World Health Organization||https://www.who.int/|
|Hard surface disinfectants
Mental Health Resources
Updated February 11, 2021 (Information Provided by The Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association Service Updates Amid COVID-19)
During this time, many people are experiencing a high degree of uncertainty, worry, anxiety, and stress with regards to COVID-19. Although we need to take the necessary precautions for our physical health (i.e. washing hands thoroughly, practicing safe physical distancing, etc.), we also need to take care of our mental health.
If you feel like you or someone else needs additional support, there are public resources available:
- CHANNAL Peer Support Warm Line: 1-855-753-2560
- CHANNAL Peer Support Centres:
1. Mount Pearl (709) 368-0279
2. St. John’s (709) 753-7710
3. Western Region (709) 643-4361
4. Provincial Office: 1-855-753-1138
Crisis Text Line – Text ‘Talk’ to 686868
- Mental Health Crisis Line: (709) 737-4668 or 1-888-737-4668
- Canadian Mental Health Association: (709)753-8550
- Mental Health and Addictions System Navigator: (709)752-3916 or 1-877-999-7589
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Additional resources for Bridging The Gapp can be found here.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, please call 911.
|Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)||https://www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks/|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA)||http://nlcsa.com/news/covid-19-resources.php|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA)||https://www.nlfhsa.com/covid-19|
|Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)||https://cme-mec.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/|
|Forestry Safety Association (FSANL)||https://nlforestsafety.ca/covid-19/|
Organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment during COVID-19: Overview
Explore the supply hub resources and information to help organizations sell and buy personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This information will be updated regularly.
The Government of Canada is mobilizing industry to provide medical supplies, and providing information on personal protective equipment in relation to COVID-19, including expedited access and how to get authorization to sell PPE.
All international essential workers entering Canada must also follow the rules set out by the Government of Canada under the Quarantine Act. These workers would also be required to follow provincial Special Measures Orders, which may be more stringent.
Self-isolation recommendations for essential workers have been updated to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Given the increased COVID-19 activity in other provinces and the expected continued increase in COVID-19 variants of concern, the risk of COVID-19 entering Newfoundland and Labrador remains high.
All essential workers are required to:
- Be available for contact with public health representatives during the 14-day self-isolation period (even if they availing of work-isolation measures);
- Submit a Travel Form online within 30 days of their expected travel date; and
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
It is also recommended that essential workers use the COVID Alert App to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Employers of Essential Workers Travelling to the Province
Employers are required to provide the essential worker with an Essential Worker Work-Isolation Letter, which will be available on this page shortly.
This letter deems their work and travel to Newfoundland and Labrador as essential in order to avoid critical impacts on service delivery.
The only essential workers not required to have this letter when entering the province are pilots and other crew members.
The employer must indicate on the Essential Worker Work-Isolation Letter whether the worker is required to begin work before the arrival test result is received. This should only be done in cases when a worker is required to complete work that is urgent and critical, and the turnaround time for the test result is not practical.
Essential workers are required to show the letter to border screeners upon their arrival in the province.
Employers of workers from outside the country are also required by the Special Measures Order (Amendment No. 7) to submit self-isolation plans for those workers.
Employers are responsible for communicating to the worker the testing protocol and work-isolation requirements, and arranging appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the worker as per the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Employers must also ensure workers complete daily symptom checks before entering the workplace.
Essential workers can avail of work-isolation measures provided they receive three negative test results throughout the 14-day isolation period.
Upon entering Newfoundland and Labrador, all essential workers must follow the prescribed testing schedule applicable to them. Essential workers in the province two days or less would not require an arrival test (Day 0-2). Essential workers get tested:
- upon arrival in the province (day 0, 1 or 2);
- on day 7, 8 or 9; and
- on day 11, 12 or 13.
Essential workers can arrange for testing by completing the online self-assessment and testing referral form. To arrange for arrival testing, the form can be completed up to 7 days in advance of arrival to the province.
Until the essential worker receives a negative result from arrival testing, they should isolate away from others and not go to work. In exceptional circumstances, workers may begin work-isolation before they receive their arrival (Day 0-2) test result when the work is urgent and critical, and where the turnaround time for the test result is not practical. After receiving one negative test result, if they do not have symptoms, they can begin work-isolation. Work-isolation means the worker:
- is allowed to travel to and from their workplace;
- must self-isolate at all times when not working during the 14-day self-isolation period; and,
- must remain in work-isolation for the entire time they are in the province if they are in the province for less than 14 days.
During the work-isolation period while at work, the worker must:
- Maintain physical distancing;
- Wear the appropriate PPE;
- Complete a daily symptom check before entering the workplace;
- Monitor for symptoms;
- Keep a list of close contacts; and
- Practice hand hygiene.
When not at work, the worker must isolate away from others at their self-isolation accommodation. Groceries/food, medications, and other essentials should be prearranged. The worker is not permitted to enter public places (e.g. grocery stores, shopping malls, banks).
Essential workers are required to be tested again on day 11, 12 or 13. This testing is an added layer of protection for workers, their colleagues, and their communities to ensure they do not have the virus before leaving self-isolation.
After 14 days, if the worker is still in the province, and if they still do not have symptoms, work-isolation ends.
If the essential worker develops symptoms, they must immediately isolate away from others and complete the online self-assessment and testing referral form. If they cannot access the form, they must call 811 to arrange testing. Testing should be completed regardless of previous negative test results. Essential workers must not attend work if they have symptoms.
Newfoundland and Labrador residents that travelled out of province for essential work purposes and are returning home for essential work must work-isolate. Work-isolation requires that the essential worker isolate away from household members for 14 days.
Positive Test Result
If essential workers receive a positive COVID-19 test result, the activities listed above are not permitted. Public Health will contact the worker to tell them what to do next. For more information, please see the general Self-Isolation guidelines.
Please click here to read guidelines for Non-Resident and Resident Truck Drivers and Household Members of Essential Workers Who Travelled Outside the Province and are Work-Isolating, and also to read the latest update.
All rotational workers are required to:
- Be available for contact with public health representatives during the 14-day self-isolation period (even if they availing of modified self-isolation measures);
- Submit a Travel Form online within 30 days of their expected travel date; and
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
It is also recommended that rotational workers use the COVID Alert App to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Rotational workers who travel within Canada, and are not returning from an outbreak site, can avail of modified self-isolation measures provided they receive three negative test results throughout the 14-day isolation period.
Upon returning home to Newfoundland and Labrador, rotational workers can get tested:
- upon arrival in the province (day 0-2);
- on day 7-9; and
- on day 11-13.
Rotational workers can arrange for testing by completing the online self-assessment and testing referral form. The form should be completed immediately upon arrival to the province.
Before they receive a negative result from arrival testing, rotational workers should:
- Isolate away from family members as much as possible (see guidance below).
- Avoid close contact with family members.
- Wear a mask if they must be in the same room as other members of the household.
After receiving one negative test result, if they do not have symptoms, they can:
- Interact with family members that live within their household. Maintaining physical distance from household family members is not necessary, unless they develop symptoms.
- Not interact with people outside their household bubble.
- Go outside on their own property.
- Go for a walk, drive, or go snowshoeing, while maintaining physical distancing from those outside of their household.
- Spend time at their cabin or vacation home within the province, in accordance with current guidelines.
- Attend medical appointments. They:
- Must disclose to the health care practitioner, prior to the appointment, that they are a rotational worker.
- Must wear a mask to all appointments.
- May attend non-urgent appointments only when asymptomatic.
- May attend urgent or emergent appointments even when symptomatic provided that they follow public health protocols and any direction from the medical or dental clinic.
Until they receive two negative test results, they are not permitted to:
- Enter public places (e.g. grocery stores, shopping malls, banks).
- Visit family members outside of their household.
- Allow other people to enter the household while they are isolating.
- Enter common spaces when they live in a condominium or apartment building.
After receiving a second negative test result on day 7 or later, if they still do not have symptoms, they:
- Can interact with people outside their household bubble (in accordance with current guidelines), but must wear a mask when around these people until the 14-days period is complete.
- Can enter public places (e.g. grocery stores, shopping malls, banks) while wearing a mask.
- Must avoid visiting long-term care facilities, personal care homes, or acute care facilities until 14 days after their return home, except for exceptional circumstances, such as end of life visitation.
- Must not attend gatherings (e.g. funerals, weddings, burials) or visit crowded spaces.
Rotational workers will be tested again on day 11-13. This testing is an added layer of protection for these workers, their families and communities to ensure they do not have the virus before leaving self-isolation. After 14 days, if they still do not have symptoms, modified self-isolation ends. Rotational workers do not need to wait to receive the day 11-13 test results in order to leave isolation if 14 days have been completed. Rotational workers who do not get tested as described above are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If rotational workers are required to return to work prior to completing 14 days of isolation, they are permitted to do so if they do not have symptoms.
Positive Test Result
If rotational workers have received a positive COVID-19 test result, the activities listed above are not permitted. Public Health will contact rotational workers to tell them what to do next. For more information, please see the general Self-Isolation guidelines.
Please click here to read more on Guidance for Household Members of Rotational Workers.
For the latest updates, please visit: Self-Isolation Information for Rotational Workers – COVID-19 (gov.nl.ca)
Public Advisory: Supports Available for Workers
Impacted by COVID-19
Updated February 13, 2021
Immigration, Skills and Labour
- The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit which provides up to two weeks of support to individuals who are sick and need to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit which provides support to individuals who must stop work to care for dependents due to closures, high risk, and caregiver availability.
- Employment Insurance which provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but cannot find a job. Temporary changes have been made to the EI program to help you access EI regular benefits. More details are available here.
- The Canada Recovery Benefit provides income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance benefits.
More information about COVID-19 benefits and services is available here. The provincial Labour Standards Act provides workers with seven days unpaid sick leave or family responsibility leave annually. This is a minimum standard and employers are free to offer better conditions such as paid sick leave.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association Temporarily Suspends Auditing Services and In-Person Training in the Metro Area
Updated February 11, 2021
Consistent with the guidelines announced today by the Chief Medical Officer, in relation to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the NLCSA will be temporarily suspending in person auditing in the metro area and all in-person training at our Mt. Pearl office up to and including February 26th, 2021, to help reduce the potential risk of exposure to, and transmission of COVID-19.
All students scheduled for training during this time will be notified and contacted at a later date to reschedule. In-person training will continue at our Gander and Corner Brook locations, following our regular COVID-19 exposure control protocols.
Virtual training will go ahead as scheduled and additional virtual classes will be added as necessary. For a list of all scheduled virtual training, visit our training schedule at http://www.nlcsa.com/services/courses.php and select “virtual” as the location. Any questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Don’t forget to focus on PEOPLE, PLACE, TIME and SPACE to help limit your exposure to COVID-19.
The NLCSA has pertinent resources available on our website: Click Here
Updates from the City of St. John’s
Updated February 14, 2021
- Drop-in services at the Permit Counter are discontinued. Online applications are still being received and processed, or you can call 576-8565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or to book an appointment time.
- Effective Monday February 15, 2021 the City of St. John’s will be cancelling recycling collection.They will re-evaluate this decision in two weeks.Public Works provides many essential services and by cancelling recycling, the staff will be able to be redeployed to other divisions to ensure essential services such as snowclearing and garbage collection will continue.
To subscribe to subscribe to updates, please visit: St. John’s e-Updates | City Of St. John’s
For the latest information on services and programs impacted by the pandemic, please visit: http://www.stjohns.ca/city-hall/news-room/covid-19
Changes to CEWS as of January 6, 2021:
- details for claim periods 11 to 13 (December 20, 2020, to March 13, 2021):
- the maximum top-up subsidy rate is 35%
- the maximum subsidy amount for employees on leave with pay is $595
- the base revenue drop comparison months for period 11 will be the same as period 10
For more information, please visit: What the changes are: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – Canada.ca
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Application Portal
Below are the steps for the application process to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Here’s some steps to get you started:
- Sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client
- Register for Direct Deposit for your payroll account
- Calculate your CEWS eligibility
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
Over $1.5 billion through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to help more businesses and organizations in sectors such as manufacturing, technology, tourism and others that are key to the regions and to local economies. This fund is specifically targeted to those that may require additional help to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been unable to access other support measures.
Click here for more information and how to apply.
Government announces extension of Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to help small businesses
Updated: March 22, 2021
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, have announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.
This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000.
Click here to read the news release.
Work Sharing Program
The government of Canada has extended the maximum duration of the Work Sharing Program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.
Please click here for more information and to apply.
The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses, charities and non-profits. This support is available directly to tenants.
Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.
Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support.
The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90%.
The rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support are available until June 2021.
Please click here for more information and to apply.
The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) provides businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19, access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.
HASCAP is available to businesses that operate in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, restaurants and those that primarily rely on in-person services.
For more information about eligibility requirements, please click here.
Looking Ahead: APEC’s Economic & Demographic Projections
Businesses and governments must look beyond COVID-19 recovery December 17, 2020
While COVID-19 has created a major economic disruption it has not fundamentally changed the region’s underlying economic drivers. Atlantic Canada is in the midst of a profound demographic and economic transition.
This report is the first in a new Looking Ahead series, designed to assess Atlantic Canada’s demographic and economic future, and to stimulate informed discussion on how stakeholders can best respond. This report looks at the region’s overall economic and population growth to 2040. Future reports will examine in more detail topics such as the aging population, urban and rural prospects, and the role of immigration and technology investment.
Please click here to download the publications.
COVID-19 Updates/Resources from Municipalities and Owners:
- Labrador North Chamber of Commerce
- City of St. John’s
COVID-19 | City of St. John’s
- City of Mount Pearl
- City of Corner Brook
- Town of Gander
- Town of Grand Falls-Winsor
- Labrador West
- Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philips
- Town of Torbay
- Town of Paradise
- Town of Conception Bay South
- Town of Carbonear
- Town of Clarenville
- Town of Gambo
- Town of Bishop’s Falls
- Public Works and Government Services
- NL Liquor Corporation
- NL Housing Corporation
- Workplace NL
- College of the North Atlantic
Important Resources to help your business:
- Aon’s Construction Specific COVID-19 portal link: https://www.aon.com/canada/products-services/specialty/construction-covid19.jsp Aon’s COVID-19 Response Site portal link:https://www.aon.com/event-response/coronavirus.aspx
- ConstructConnect – Delayed Projects Report and other Important resources for you – updated February 13
- NLCSA: Guidance Document for Employers when Performing Work in Private Residences – updated April 1
- NLCSA: What to do when physical distancing is not possible – updated April 1
- Organizations Providing Respiratory Fit Testing – updated April 1
- WorkplaceNL Webinars
- COVID-19 and the Construction Industry – What you need to know!
- NLCSA Sample Exposure Control Plan – COVID-19
- Canadian Construction Association COVID-19 Resources
- Payroll and COVID-19: Canadian Payroll Association
- IBC-Emergency Preparedness
- Business Continuity Guide from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- COVID-19 Sunlife Group Benefits Update
- Manulife COVID-19 FAQ
- Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Guidelines for Healthy and Safe Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic – updated April 7
- McInnes Cooper Coping with COVID-19: Employer FAQs – updated April 7
- Grant Thornton’s 5 tips for extending cash flow amid times of uncertainty
Proactive documentation and monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on construction projects
In view of the uncertainty in the industry, REVAY and Associates Limited encourage their clients to be proactive in identifying and documenting all issues encountered related to the COVID-19 situation as soon as they occur. This includes recording lost time and additional costs as accurately as possible in daily reports, correspondence and progress reports. It is also essential, of course, that all parties be mindful of contract notification periods. Since COVID-19 is now a known issue, it will be imperative for parties entering into new contracts, or raising new change orders, to consider the related risks and adjust their contracts accordingly. Please select revay_covid-19 to read more from them.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
Support for Canadians
- Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most
- Flexibility for Taxpayers
- Mortgage Default Management Tools
- Role of Financial Institutions
Support for Businesses
- Supporting Canadian Businesses Through the Canada Account
- Helping Businesses Keep Their Workers
- Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes
- Ensuring Businesses have Access to Credit
- Supporting Financial Market Liquidity
Surety Association of Canada Recommends Digital Bonds to Minimize Impact and/or Delays Resulting from COVID-19 Crisis
In response to the ongoing and rapidly escalating crisis arising from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Surety Association of Canada (SAC) has received several concerned inquiries from its members about the challenges of providing properly executed bonds during this period of uncertainty and adjustments to operational procedures and practices. Click here to find out important information that you may need for the financial wellness of your business: https://www.suretycanada.com/SAC/LATEST-ARTICLES/03-16-2020-SAC-Recommends-Digital-Bonds-During-COVID19.aspx
**As the COVID-19 situation is fluid and ever-changing, the information contained on this page may be time-sensitive. Please view the Government of Canada’s and the Government of NL’s websites for the latest updates.