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Hind Al Soulia – Riyadh – All public sector workers in the UAE will return to their offices by Sunday, July 5, authorities announced on Monday.
Capacity limits at government workplaces across all emirates but Dubai were set at 50 per cent from June 7, after months of employees working from home to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Government workers in Dubai returned to their offices in late May.
On Monday, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said exceptions would be made for employees who have chronic illnesses. These employees must submit a certified medical report to continue working from home.
There will be no other exemptions, the authority said, but flexible working hours and shift work to reduce gatherings will be enforced.
Safety measures will also be in place to ensure staff are protected, including social distancing.
The authority said a system would be launched to support government bodies that choose to allow their staff to continue to work from home to ensure that productivity and workflows are not affected.
Some of the measures in place to protect staff in offices include the mandatory use of face masks and gloves, and a ban on handshakes.
Prayer rooms and shared areas will be closed. Video conferences should replace meetings and everyone should wash or sanitise their hands regularly.
Glass barriers should be installed to separate employees and customers, and people should always remain two metres apart.
Before leaving home, Abu Dhabi government employees should check their temperature and travel in their own car, avoiding public transport where possible.
When they arrive at work they will have their temperature taken and a QR code scanned on their phone.
No more than two people will be allowed to use a lift at a time.
Everyone will be encouraged to download the government’s AlHosn app, which helps trace people who have been in contact with a coronavirus carrier.
Updated: June 29, 2020 02:50 PM
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