What are the differences between rotational workers and essential workers?
Essential workers are workers, such as truck drivers, who have been exempted from self-isolation requirements when arriving in Nova Scotia. This exemption applies even if the essential worker has travelled outside of Canada.
Rotational workers are residents of Nova Scotia who work in another part of Canada. If rotational workers travel outside of Canada, they must respect all self-isolation requirements under Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act. Rotational workers, such as workers in the oil fields, may receive oral health care treatment within 14 days of returning to Nova Scotia from their work within Canada, however any rotational worker that has travelled outside of Canada cannot receive oral health treatment within 14 days of being outside of Canada.
Essential workers, however, such as truck drivers, can receive oral health care treatment within 14 days of returning from a trip outside of Canada.
For both essential workers and rotational workers triage and manage oral health care needs by tele-dentistry whenever possible. Oral health care providers are to use their clinical judgement regarding the scheduling of appointments and treatment performed. While rotational workers and essential workers may book an appointment within 14 days of returning to Nova Scotia, they are not exempt from pre-screening and screening and must pass these requirements to be treated at a denture clinic.