Richmond Addiction Services Society

RASS COVID – 19 Phased plans (Phase 3)
Returning to Safe Operation 
Implemented on Thursday, July 1st 2021

       If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Sandra

  • Ensure and enable that individuals (including staff and non-staff members) who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or Covid-19 (i.e., any coughing, sneezing, etc.) should not come into the workplace.
  • Staff are expected to continue to follow physical distancing measures after work in line with Public Health Orders, to limit new transmissions.

In Office Guidelines:

  • Staff are required to have a mask on in all common areas (i.e., bathroom, hallways, etc.). Personal office areas are an exception.
  • Staff must continue to practice good hand hygiene/sneeze etiquette and are required to wipe down common area spaces before and after use (i.e., bathroom and kitchen surfaces and door knobs).

Visitors (In Office):

  • Ring doorbell to be admitted into RASS.
  • Booked appointments only please – NO DROP IN at this time.
  • In office sessions, staff and visitors will be required wear PPE (i.e., mask).
  • Staff will be responsible to ensure visitors are symptom free prior to attending in-office appointment, having them fill out the pre-screening form. Should a visitor present symptoms (i.e., sneezing, coughing, fever), their appointment will be cancelled and re-scheduled.
  • RASS will not be actively offering PPE to visitors. In the event that a visitor requests a mask, one will be provided.
  • The group room will serve as the counselling room; sessions must be booked at least 30 minutes apart, allowing staff to clean up after session(s).
  • Clinician is responsible to maintain physical distancing with visitor(s) during their session; both clinician and visitors are required to sanitize/wash their hands before and after an encounter.

Client Sessions (Outreach):

  • Outreach kits, composed of a mask and gloves are available to staff; staff will be responsible for proper protection.
  • Each staff will be provided with, or are responsible for, carrying a hand sanitizer during all outreach visits. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after every client encounter.
  • When in contact with clients, staff will be required to wear proper PPE (i.e., mask).
  • Staff will be responsible to ensure clients are symptom free prior to meeting; clients are required to fill out the pre-screening form. Should a client present symptoms (i.e., sneezing, coughing, fever), their appointment will be cancelled and re-scheduled.
  • Ensure and enable that individuals (including staff and non-staff members) who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or Covid-19 including any coughing or sneezing should not come into the workplace.
  • Staff are expected to continue to follow physical distancing measures after work, in order to limit new transmissions.