Workplace COVID-19 prevention plans

Sector-specific guidance to help protect workers and customers from COVID-19 in the workplace

Developing a prevention plan

Resources to help you with your workplace prevention planning. Effective 5 June 2020, many businesses and organizations closed under the Public Health Act Order can reopen if they’re ready and choose to do so. They must develop and comply with a Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

Workplace COVID-19 prevention plans must address public health protocols, including:

  • physical (social) distancing in the workplace (staff and clients)
  • number of clients
  • how to work and interact with customers
  • cleaning
  • equipment
  • preparing employees to return to work
  • preparing for customers or clients
  • monitoring and communicating of plan

Businesses and organizations that are a member of an association or college can adopt a sector-specific plan as their Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Businesses and organizations that were not required to close should also develop a plan to address public health protocols.

COVID-19 Prevention Plan Checklist (PDF)

Sector-specific plans

Find sector-specific plans to help protect workers and customers from COVID-19 in the workplace.

Health Protection Act Order (PDF)


Public Health is meeting with sector associations to share public health principles and provide information to help them develop their reopening plans. Public Health is meeting with:

  • Campground Owners Association
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Cape Breton Partnership
  • Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • casinos
  • Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
  • dental offices
  • fitness establishments
  • golf courses
  • Halifax Partnership
  • licensed childcare
  • Nova Scotia Business & Labour Economic Coalition (138 business leaders from across the province)
  • personal care services
  • podiatrists
  • private campgrounds
  • regulated health professions
  • Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
  • Restaurants Canada
  • sport, art and cultural organizations
  • unregulated health professions
  • veterinarians

Public health directives