Question #5

Our organization works with vulnerable people (e.g. the elderly, children), are we at more risks of additional liability during the coronavirus outbreak? If so, what additional precautions should we take?

The likely risk of additional liability would merely be that since vulnerable people are much more susceptible of contracting the coronavirus, claims under tort law or the OLO for failing to ensure that the premises were safe for visitors would be much easier to prove since safety protocols are expected to be more stringent.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. COVID-19 safety protocols will vary according to the institution. The Occupational Safety & Health Council has provided a pictorial leaflet illustrating sample arrangements for residential care homes (elderly or person with disabilities) that may be a good reference for additional precautions. The Centre of Health Protection has also provided a comprehensive guide on the prevention of Covid-19 in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly or Persons with Disabilities.