COVID-19 Update

It has been a number of months sine we’ve provided an update in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the surge in case numbers of late, and the recent re-introduction of more rigid restrictions, we thought it would be a good time to reach out.

To begin, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and diligent attention to safety we have all shown over the last eight month as we have worked our way through the pandemic. Our industry has remained open for business throughout, and I know it is a direct result of the focus the industry has made on enhanced safety protocols for all employees, trades, contractors and the public.

As you are undoubtedly aware, late yesterday afternoon the provincial government announced new restrictions in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans and our healthcare system. After reviewing yesterday’s announcement, BILD would like to highlight measures and best practices that should be put in place by our industry until such time as the restrictions can safely be lifted.

Showhomes/Design Centres: Limit to By Appointment only – no walk-insCOVID questionnaires advisable for all visitorsPPE (masks) to be worn by all staff and visitorsPhysical distancing of at least 2m wherever possibleLimit the number of visitors per appointmentVisitors should be from the same householdConstruction sites:PPE (masks) and physical distancing in place for all workersLimit the number of trades per site/homePre-shift COVID questionnaires/screening advisableProvide hand washing stationsRemind workers of enhanced COVID safety protocols already in placeOfficesEmployees should work from home where possibleEmployees not working from home require masks at the office unless seated in a private office or cubicleReduce capacity/number of people working from officeWarranty Visits:COVID questionnaires for homeowners prior to visit are advisable PPE (masks) and physical distancing for employees and homeownersGeneral:Employees should not come to work if they have any cold or flu like symptoms or have been in close contact with someone recently diagnosed with COIVID-19. Check in with employees on a regular basis. New restrictions, increase in case numbers  and uncertainty are stressful for many especially as the holidays approach.We will be holding a COVID Safety and Wellness Webinar on December 3. This free webinar is open to anyone who wants to attend (register here). We will be discussing COVID best practices and how to deal with COVID fatigue and compliance with the new restrictions.

We will also be holding two mental health webinars – one from employers, managers and HR professionals on how to best support employees and what resources are available.
The other for individual employees and will focus on supports available for your individual and family mental health. These webinars will be held the week of December 7 and 14 respectively. Signup details will be posted on the website soon.

As a final update, this afternoon the City of Calgary declared a state of emergency. While there are no additional restrictions at this time, this will enable the City to better support the provinces recommendations and access supports to protect the safety of Calgarians.If you have any questions, please let us know.Stay safe, stay well.  

Brian Hahn
BILD Calgary Region CEO