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Surprise Super Bowl checks: WorkSafeBC will conduct random inspections Sunday

Bars, pubs, and restaurants in B.C. should prepare for a surprise Super Bowl Sunday inspection from WorkSafeBC
Pubs, bars, and restaurants in British Columbia may receive a 'surprise' visit from WorkSafeBC prevention officers on Sunday to prevent COVID-19 violations during the Super Bowl. Photo by gpointstudio via Getty Images

WorkSafeBC is sending a strong message to B.C. bars, pubs and restaurants ahead of one of the biggest party days of the year, Super Bowl Sunday.

“Events like the Super Bowl are typically some of the busiest days of the year for bars, pubs and restaurants, and we’re urging businesses to revisit their safety plan to make sure it will be effective, as there could be an increase in patrons,” says Al Johnson, head of prevention services for WorkSafeBC.

WorkSafeBC reminds owners to ensure their COVID-19 safety plans are up to date and followed to the letter ahead of Sunday. WorkSafeBC has focused additional province-wide inspection and education efforts this week on restaurants, bars and pubs.

WorkSafeBC prevention officers will also be conducting inspections this Sunday to ensure safety protocols are being followed.

“We’re asking businesses to ensure COVID-19 safety remains a priority and to stay vigilant, update their safety plan as needed, and implement it to the letter to keep everyone safe,” says Johnson. “Businesses must also ensure they are abiding by orders, notices and guidance issued by the provincial health officer.”

All employers in B.C. are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place that assesses the risks to workers and implements measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. The plan must be reviewed and updated as conditions change.

As of Jan. 29, WorkSafeBC had conducted 22,122 workplace inspections and 4,169 consultations related to COVID-19. A total of 1,667 orders have been issued for health and safety violations.

This article originally appeared on Castanet