Questions from members in relations to business operations for level 4
Do all staff members have to have a permit?
Yes, a person entitled to perform an essential service or permitted service allowed under Alert Level 4, requires a permit which corresponds with Form 2 of Annexure A – this is in terms of Regulations 16(2)(b) and 28(4). A template of Form 2 may be found on page 27 dealing with the said Regulations.
What’s the percentage of staff allowed?
Initially it was proposed that only one-third of the workforce would be entitled to return to work under Level 4. It is recommended that employers phase in the employees returning to work however, there is nothing in the Regulations confirming the one-third rule. A COVID-ready Workplace Plan must be developed prior to the reopening of an enterprise employing people or serving the public (see Annexure E of the Regulations). All persons who are able to work from home should do so, including staff over 60 years old and those with underlying medical conditions. See also the Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces regarding measures to be implemented in the workplace. Kindly note that employers with less than 10 employees only need to apply the measures set out in clause 40 of Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces.
Can staff use normal taxis?
Staff may use normal taxis. The Minister of Transport will be issuing directives for the resumption of different modes of public transport to cater for the gradual return to work of people in respect of rail, bus services, taxi services, e-hailing services and private vehicles. Staff must wear cloth masks when in public.
Hours for food delivery?
The delivery of food is only allowed between the hours of 9am and 7pm (and not 8pm as initially proposed, in order to allow employees to travel home before the 8pm curfew imposed by the government).
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