As we approach Covid-19 Lockdown Level 3, many people are wondering what they need to do to be able to open their business safely.
We know that like the rest of the world, South Africa’s response to Covid-19 will significantly change under Alert Level 3 as a large sector of the economy will be allowed to resume operating.
Until a vaccine has been developed and everybody vaccinated, the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the community will remains. As we learn to deal with the “new normal” we will have to change the way we work and play.
Stay at Home
If possible, people should continue to work from home. The president said anyone over the age of 60 or who has underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer “should ideally stay at home”.
The number of infections and deaths will continue to rise although the rate of infection will now largely depend on how society implements hygiene and distancing guidelines.
The 8pm to 5am curfew will be scrapped under Level 3 but you should only leave home to go to work, buy goods and obtain services.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize moved to reassure the nation on this week that the whole country would move to level 3 on June 1 — but warned areas with outbreaks could later return to a hard lockdown.
By now we are familiar with physical distancing which really just means keeping space between yourself and other people.
When someone who has Covid-19 (people infected with the virus are often without symptoms for up to a week) coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects, such as desks, tables or telephones.
The World Health Organisation has great guideless for getting the workplace ready for COVID-19
Safety or Workers and Customers
Implementing or maintaining infectious disease controls remains vital for the health and safety of workers and other people.
All business owners need to think about the risks of operating in new ways. This may include having some or all of your workers back at the premises, or travelling between sites,
Remember that physical distancing also needs to be applied for lifts, stairwells and access ways, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Keeping your workers and other people safe from COVID-19 involves more than keeping your place of business and surfaces clean, it also involves:
- physical distancing (to prevent the spread)
- limiting customers at facility/ workplaces at any one time (to prevent the spread)
What Does a Business have to do to Open?
The same public health measures apply at every level. They mostly focus on safety procedures like disinfecting surfaces, frequent hand washing, not having sick people in the workplace and maintaining physical distancing.
To make sure you can learn and adapt quickly, engage with workers to find ways for them to let you know about what’s working, what’s not, and how things could be improved. Check in regularly with workers to ensure they’re well.
Simple Steps to Safety
Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic– Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards, counters) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly. Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that Covid-19 spreads,
- Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled
- Re-arrange your place of business for social distancing and control access to limit number of people in the same room at the same time.
At Household Plastic we stock a wide range of spray bottles, hand sanitiser, liquid soap, and a range of other product needed for sanitation and COVID-19 safety.