Tuesday | 28 April | 2020
When the lockdown is systematically lifted, it will be important to follow strict regulations in order to minimise the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Our country’s economy must continue, but it remains crucial to obey the restrictions that will still be in place.
The following employees have been placed in the work-from-home category, as they have been identified as vulnerable employees:
- Persons older than 60
- Employees that are part of an extended family co-habiting (inter-generational families living with elderly persons)
- Clinical – people with any of the medical conditions listed below
- Pre-existing chronic medical conditions
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Suppressed immune system (e.g. HIV/ Aids; organ transplants)
- Lung pathology
- Blood clotting problems
- Pregnancy (Pregnant women will not be allowed into the workplace during the pandemic. Those who are able to work from home will be required to do so.)
- People in group residential settings such as care facilities for the elderly
- Communal living
Employers must take the circumstances of the above employees into account and put in place certain arrangements so that they can work from home. This will significantly reduce the risk of spreading or contracting the virus at the workplace. If all businesses work together and take high-risk cases seriously and put in place the necessary measures, businesses will be able to return to normal sooner and move on.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.