COVID-19 UPDATE

Effective July 13, NMMs will no longer be required outdoors at all ISI locations when traveling and 6 feet of separation can be maintained.

Nova Scotia is continuing its positive trend of low case counts and is progressing well through the province’s reopening plan. As restrictions relax within our province, we are also reviewing our requirements within the workplace. In consultation with Nova Scotia Dept. of Labour (DOL) all our JOSHC’s and Unions, we’re amending our COVID-19 Non-Medical Mask (NMM) wearing policy.

Effective July 13, NMMs will no longer be required outdoors at all ISI locations when traveling and 6 feet of separation can be maintained.

NMMs will still be required upon entry and exit of the Halifax Shipyard, and posted signage will indicate where NMMs must be put on/be taken off at the entry/exit points.

NMMs continue to be required in all other areas with the following exceptions:

•At your desk by yourself;
•Working by yourself at your workstation or space onboard ship/MB/Unit/Tent/Warehouse where 6 ft physical distancing can be maintained at all times;
•At your lunch/break table by yourself; and
•Wearing PPE such as a Respirator that makes wearing a NMM unfeasible;

Further relaxation of mask wearing is something we are regularly reviewing provided we can safeguard the health and safety of our team. This means understanding the status of vaccines amongst our workforce.

Over the next few weeks we are planning an anonymous and voluntary poll of all employees and contractors entering the Halifax Shipyard, Bluenose, Marine Fabricators, Woodside Industries and Shelburne Ship Repair. The purpose of the poll will be to determine the percentage of our workforce that has or will be fully vaccinated.

This anonymous information will be used in our discussion with NS Health to understand if mask wearing and/or other protocols may be further relaxed.

Thank you for your continued efforts in following the COVID 19 guidance from Nova Scotia Health. Together, we will get through this.

Keep safe and stay well.