Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements

The government of Canada has asked all citizens to stay at home, not visit friends or family, and limit outings whenever possible.1 In accordance with these best practices and those suggested by the WFCA (Wester Forest Contractors Association), Next Gen is requiring that all employees complete a two-week period of isolation prior to commencing the 2020 tree planting season.

You can do your two-week isolation period in your home province or upon arrival in BC/Alberta.

This isolation time will increase the probability that people are healthy when they arrive in camp.

How every person chooses to travel, the precautions the take on that trip and who they travel with will also greatly affect everyone’s health and safety for the season.

The following are details of the requirements of your isolation time and travel from your current location to work. Please take time to go through this document in detail and inquire regarding any questions you have.

Once you receive your project start date from your Project Manager, you will need to complete an online form, including details and documents explained below. The form will be on the website, in your login zone. You will need to submit your plans within a week of receiving a start date.

Outline

  • Isolation Prior to Travel- Requirement Details

  • Isolation Upon Arrival- Requirement Details & Options

  • In the Case of Developing Symptoms while in Isolation

  • Returning from International Travel - Canadian Requirements & Fines

  • Next Gen’s Travel Requirements

  • In Consideration of planters already working on the Coast

  • Isolation Upon Arrival in Camps (Also for those who join our camps after the season has started)

  • Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

 

Isolation Prior to Travel: Requirements & Plans

Limiting contact with people, places, etc prior to traveling will help to limit potential contact and infection of employees with the novel coronavirus and ensure employees are healthy prior to traversing the country by land or by air, and prior to entering camp.

Isolation Prior to Travel must be paired with safe travel practices, as seen below. This is our recommended option for everyone.


Preparations

  • Notify appropriate friends/family of your employment requirement to isolate for two weeks prior to your travel date

  • Plan meals for your isolation and travel time

  • Stock enough supplies for your isolation period and travel time

o Toilet paper

o Medications o Toothpaste o Soap
o Etc.

  • Purchase/arrange for all work gear prior to isolation

    • Buy equipment in-person, or buy online and arrange for shipment to Next Gen warehouse in Alberta

  • Ensure you have supplies to maintain hygiene during travels o Hand sanitizer or water jug with soap to wash hands o Disposable gloves where possible

  • Take account of who you live with. If those people are travelling in and out of the house, more precautions will be required. Make plans for:

    •  Regular sanitization of frequently touched surfaces

    • Maintaining physical distance of at least 2 meters with those you live with o Make a cooking schedule; include sanitizing surfaces, fridge and freezer handles, dishes, etc.

    •  If possible, have a dedicated washroom. If not possible, create a sanitization plan for the washroom.

 

Requirements

  • Stay at home.

    • Do not go to any stores or public spaces

  • You can go outside for exercise,

    • You cannot go with anyone who you are not already isolating with o You cannot go to any public spaces

    • If others are seen along your path, provide at least 3 m distance

  • Maintain Physical Distance from roommates and/or family

    • This includes intimate partners if they are not also isolating

  • Do not have visitors
    o If a visitation is unavoidable, move to another space in your home. Do not

    be in the same room as your visitors.

  • Where relevant and possible, employees who are on the same crew and who are travelling together can isolate together

  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and practice respiratory hygiene

    • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue

    • Wash your hands following a sneeze or cough

Isolation Upon Arrival: Requirements and Planning

If the BC or Alberta government changes its policy regarding interprovincial travel, Isolation Upon Arrival may be necessary. As of today though, it’s optional.

Preparation

 Consider where you can isolate upon arrival

o Do you live within a day’s drive from your projected starting location?
o Do you have a place to camp? Family or friends with personal space for

you to stay in?
o Do NOT plan to squat anywhere near small Northern towns. This includes

parking a van, camper, etc. in a town. You need a plan where you will stay

prior to starting your travels.
o There are some options for where to camp below.
o Is this place within a day’s drive of your projected starting location?

Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

• Plan meals and shop for the isolation period up until you will be fed in your Next Gen camp

o Communicate with your Project Manager regarding these details
o Plan for an extra 3 days, in case of small adjustments in plans
o Where and when will you shop for this food?
o How will you store food and cook for yourself if you’re not in a house?

• Consider what materials you want to gather prior to travelling.
o Are there equipment or tool purchases you want to make prior to

isolating? Will you send any gear items to the warehouse?
o Do you have what you need to camp or to stay in place for 2 weeks?

▪ It is going to be very cold!
o Do you have supplies to maintain hand hygiene upon arrival?

▪ Hand sanitizer or a thermos for water and hand soap?

Requirements

• Stay at your place of isolation.
o Do not go to any stores or public spaces for two weeks

• You can go outside for exercise,
o you cannot go with anyone other than those are isolating with, nor can you

go to any public spaces.
o Maintain physical distancing from those people
o If others are seen along your path, provide at least 3 m distance

• Maintain Physical Distance from all people
o This includes intimate partners if they are not also isolating
o This excludes intimate partners if they are are also isolating and working

on the same crew as yourself

• Do not have visitors
o Move to another location in your living space if this is for some reason

unavoidable. Do not be in the same room as people you do not live with. o Go into your own space, tent, camper otherwise, if necessary

  • Where relevant, employees who are on the same crew can isolate together, but they must continue to follow physical distancing guidelines

  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and practice respiratory hygiene

Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

o sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue. o Wash hands following a sneeze or cough

Isolation Options - if you do not have a place where you can isolate
We have some options available for people who wish to camp upon arrival in B.C. or

Alberta.

If this is an option you want to explore, please connect directly with your Project Manager.

Food, washrooms and shower facilities will be different in each location.

Developing Symptoms of Covid-19 in Isolation

• Monitor for any symptoms- including fever, a new, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, etc.

o A new, continuous cough – this means coughing for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

o Coughing as a result of cigarette smoke or some other triggered reason is not necessarily indicative of Covid 19

• If you develop the above symptoms, contact health professionals by phone in your local health district.

o Search telehealth + Covid 19 + your province’s name to find appropriate resources

• You must maintain full quarantine2 for 10 full days after the first day of symptoms. See footnote 3 for the difference between isolation and quarantine. There are increased measures to protect those you cohabitate with, and no allowance for exiting your residence for any reason.

2 https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-disease- covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-home-exposed-no-symptoms.html

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Returning from International Travel - Canadian Requirements & Fines3

Travellers with symptoms: mandatory isolation

If you have recently returned to Canada and you have symptoms, you must ISOLATE. This is mandatory. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.
Mandatory isolation means you MUST:

  • go directly to the place where you will isolate and stay there for 14 days

  • go to your place of isolation using private transportation only, such as your

    personal vehicle

  • stay INSIDE your home

  • do not leave your place of isolation unless it is to seek medical attention

  • do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation such as

    buses and taxis

  • stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home,

    if possible

  • do not have visitors and limit contact with others in the place of isolation,

    including children

  • do not isolate in a place where you will have contact with vulnerable people, such

    as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions

  • if your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider or

    public health authority and follow their instruction

If you have symptoms but do not have a place to isolate, you will be required to isolate for 14 days in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Travellers without symptoms: mandatory quarantine

If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE (self-isolate) yourself. This is mandatory. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.
This means you MUST:

3 https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/coronavirus-in-canada-how-to-get-tested-what-the-symptoms- are-where-to-get-help/

Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

  • go directly to your place of quarantine and stay there for 14 days

  • do not go to school, work, other public areas and community settings

  • monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19

  • arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you

  • do not have visitors

  • stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air

  • keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from

    others. You can take public transportation to get to your place of self-isolation

after you arrive in Canada, but practise physical (social) distancing at all times.

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.
If you develop symptoms within 14 days:

  • isolate yourself from others

  • immediately call a health care professional or public health authority and:

o describe your symptoms and travel history o follow their instructions carefully

Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

Next Gen’s Travel Requirements & Planning

All Next Gen Employees will need to travel to their first camp as well as during camp moves. How we travel this year will determine our personal health, the health of the communities we work within, as well as directly affecting our social licence4 to operate.

Do not commence travel if you are sick in any way.

Prepare a Drive

Anytime you are travelling this spring or summer, whether it be across the country or from one camp to another, ensure you are prepared prior to beginning your trip.

• Who, When?
o Who will you travel with if anyone?

  • ▪  If you are isolating prior to travel, you can only travel with other Next Gen employees who have also completed isolation. These people can be on your crew

  • ▪  If you are planning on isolating upon arrival, you can rideshare while taking all defined precautions.

o When will you leave?

• Route
o Plan your route if driving
o If you have a dog, where will you stop? o How long do you expect to take?

• Meal plan ensure you have enough food.
o Think out what you will need; be realistic
o Do not plan to stop at grocery stores or drive thrus on route. o Are there delivery options at your stopping locations?

• Fuel
o Roughly where will you need to refuel? Are they gas stations en route? o Have PPE with you for using pumps.

▪ Disposable or reusable gloves will be required
▪ Wash hands or sanitize hands directly after removing gloves

4

Social License has been defined as existing when a project has the ongoing approval within the local

community and other stakeholders, ongoing approval or broad social acceptance and, most frequently, as

ongoing acceptance.

Pre-Work Isolation & Travel Requirements April 7th, 2020

• Accommodation
o Where necessary, plan accommodation ahead of time
o Request the accommodation’s covid-19 plans when booking.

▪ When planning a cross-country trip to come to work, these plans will need to be sent to your Project Manager as a part of your Isolation and Travel Itinerary

o Order delivery or eat the food you have with you
o If needed, go for a walk, run, bike in the town you are staying in, but do

not go to social centers or to any shops.

Air Travel Considerations

o Disposable gloves or hand sanitizer are required for domestic air travel. ▪ When in airport terminals, wash your hands after touching or handling any communal surface or item that is not personally

yours.
▪ Disposable gloves can be used5

  • do keep in mind the purpose of gloves, to eliminate cross contamination, the world health organization writes: “prolonged use of gloves for contact precautions in the absence of considering the need to perform hand hygiene can result in the transmission of germs”

  • Continue to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on gloves as well as after taking them off.

o Keep something you can use for a temporary face mask or to cover your mouth if you need to cough or if there is someone coughing/sneezing nearby

o Plan for who will drop you off and pick you up
o Locate or request the airport and airline’s Covid-19’s mitigation plans

▪ These plans will need to be sent to your Project Manager as part of your Isolation and Travel Itinerary

Many airlines are operating at lower capacity to allow for physical distancing between passengers, and all airlines have enhanced their sterilization protocols.

5 https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Glove_Use_Information_Leaflet.pdf

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In Consideration of planters already working on the Coast

Planters already working on the coast will be considered on an individual basis. Most companies have procedures in place to mitigate risks. These plans will need to be shared with your Project Managers to ensure that they comply with standards and can be considered under the Isolation Prior to Travel.

Changes to routine will be required where necessary. For example, if a planter is currently shopping for themselves, they will need to plan for two weeks of food prior to traveling to camp. If a planter is sharing space with others to work or in accommodation, Next Gen will need to be informed of the measures put in place for those people whom you are sharing space with. If the whole crew is isolated, it is different than if you have a roommate that is often leaving the motel.

Isolation Upon Arrival in Camps → arriving after the season has started

This season, Next Gen will be greatly minimizing mid-season hires. Those who arrive after the season has started will need to share their Isolation and Travel Plans with Project Managers, just like all other employees. If it is deemed necessary, a 14 day isolation upon arrival may be required. This will be organized the same way as an Isolation Caused by Illness.

Those arriving with symptoms will also need to spend 14 days in isolation upon arrival. If a symptomatic person has traveled with others, everyone in the group will need to isolate.

Isolation upon arrival in camps

• Accommodation (tent, camper, etc) must be set up at least 4 meters away from other tents

o 4 meters to allow for movement and walking around all tents

  • Food will be brought to the accommodation by a trained staff member, using PPE.

    Plates, garbage, etc. will be picked up at a specified time

  • Walks around camp will be allowed during working hours, when most personnel are away from camp, but you must stay at least 4 meters away from the main camp tents, (kitchen, dining, dry shack and office).

  • There will be a designated time during the day for people in isolation to use showers, (the sanitization officer will clean the shower before and after its use)

  • A singular washroom facility will be set away from the others for the sole use of those in isolation

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