RADICAL measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the workplace will be in place for a year, the Sun was told.
Screens between desks, staff sitting back to back and the ban on hot desks and sharing of equipment are among the measures employers must introduce when the lock is released.
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The new measures – proposed in the draft return-to-work documents – also require staggered hours to avoid congestion on public transport.
The hand washing kit must be at the entry and exit points, with regular cleaning of the work surfaces. A yellow and black ribbon will tell people where to stand in the elevators.
One-way systems will be the norm in offices and on train platforms and bus stops.
Face-to-face meetings can only take place when absolutely necessary and will be limited in time.
Employees will even be asked not to share stationery such as pens.
The message to employers is to allow their staff to work from home if they are not needed in the workplace.
This means that working from home will likely become the default for millions of Britons in the foreseeable future.
But employers will need to monitor the well-being of homeworkers by staying in touch to learn about their well-being, physical health and personal safety.
The government has told industry groups that the new measures will need to be in place for six to 12 months.
They were told there would be a “soft shutdown” after winter, learned The Sun.
It is understood that the long period of time has been influenced by growing fears among government medical advisers that the coronavirus is seasonal.
An industry source said, “If it survives the winter, these measures will need to be in place longer. “
But a positive boss in the industry has learned from the new measures is the impact it will have on alleviating the traditional flu.
The source said, “The only good thing is that traditional flu cases will decrease because you distance yourself socially. “
The draft documents cover seven different settings: offices, hotels and restaurants, shops, factories, outdoor workplaces and those who work in vehicles and at other people’s homes.
Staggered hours, less sharing of equipment and continued maximization of homework are among the many ideas listed as part of a draft government strategy to help businesses prepare for returning to work.
An increase in hygiene procedures and the installation of protective screens are also included in the plan.
Efforts to keep employees from working face to face will see them working side by side or face to face, according to plans leaked to Buzzfeed News.
There will be limits on the number of people in stores, so the British will be asked to shop alone to allow stores to open and kick-start the economy.
The advice for reopening non-essential stores such as clothing stores will be similar to supermarket rules.
A tape indicating distances of two meters will have to be placed in the workshops and the British will have to line up outside.
Many stores will withdraw without cash to stop the spread of the virus with cash.
In cities like London, maintaining the two-meter rule would prevent workplaces from operating near full capacity.
The metro line most used for commuters is the central line, but to apply social distancing rules, its use should be reduced by 85%.
A hand sanitizer will be installed in the trains to protect commuters.
Bus platforms and stops will contain two-meter beacons to maintain social distance and one-way systems will be in place.
A complex plan for schools to be opened in waves of different age groups is being planned.
Reopening elementary schools is a priority for the government to minimize the threat to early childhood development and help parents get back to work. But Grade 6 students will be back if they are forced to postpone the reopening dates because they are at the most crucial stage of their learning.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the first schools to reopen on June 1.
Students in grades 10 and 12 should be the first wave of high schools to open.
No specific date has been set for the reopening of workplaces, but The Sun revealed last week that May 26 was set in pencil as the target date as long as the government’s five tests to lift the lockdowns were met. by then.
Johnson will release a road map strategy on Sunday, detailing how the restrictions will be relaxed so that the British can return to work safely.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said measures such as shields, masks and limiting contact time with colleagues could be alternative approaches adopted by employers.
However, the draft guidelines did not contain details on the personal protective equipment that personnel should wear when they return to work.
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The Trades Union Congress has refused to support the plans as they are, saying they “are far from giving workers any guarantees of their health and safety”.
The ministers confirmed that the government has started stockpiling face masks for public use.
Scottish boss Nicola Sturgeon said she shared Boris Johnson’s hopes that she can start easing the coronavirus lockdown in late May.
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