Common Areas

Building common areas are required to have appropriate safety protocols in place to promote physical distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Common areas are shared spaces in a building that are generally accessible to all employees, students and visitors, and can include:

  • Building foyers
  • Lounge/seating areas
  • Open study or gathering areas
  • Shared kitchens
  • Public washrooms
  • Stairwells
  • Hallways
  • Elevators
  • Outdoor gathering spaces


Many of these areas have signage to indicate maximum occupancy, traffic/directional flow, and whether they are open, closed or have restricted use. Some areas may have been arranged or had non-essential shared items (e.g. kitchen utensils, small appliances, etc.), removed. Hand sanitizer has been provided wheres appropriate.

There is standardized signage on all building entrances to notify individuals of the COVID-19 health restrictions prior to entering, any directions for specific entry/exit points (as required), as well as interior signage to promote and reinforce physical distancing. The WorkSafe BC office protocols provide guidance on the management of common spaces.

Questions can be directed to


Office and Common Area Protocols (WorkSafe BC)

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