15 Dec Announcement: COVID-19 Second Wave
– Essential workplace protocol.
– Compliance to policy and legislation.
– Process if exposed or infected.
– Summarised announcements.
– Link: Full address and Summary.
– Link: Update on symptoms and FAQ’s.
President Ramaphosa’s ‘family address’ to the nation outlined measures to combat the 2nd COVID-19 wave (set to potentially outstrip the first wave) and we have attached links to his presentation and a summary which we urge you to familiarise yourself with if you missed the address.
A GENERAL TREND IN SOUTH AFRICA IS THAT SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE BECOME LAX IN OBSERVING SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND WE HAVE NOTICED THIS IN OUR COMPANY AS WELL. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR. LET US HOWEVER ENSURE THAT WE PLAY OUR PART IN THE WORKPLACE BY ADHERING TO THE FOLLOWING SIMPLE MEASURES:
- WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES. It must cover your mouth AND nose and MUST be worn at all times except when eating or drinking. Do NOT even remove the mask when talking.
- MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. Keep a distance of 1.5m – 2.0m from others at ALL times. Do NOT gather in groups during breaks. Physical meetings should be avoided and if essential, in an environment which is well ventilated (outside or with windows open) and where social distancing criteria is possible.
- SANITISE YOUR HANDS REGULARLY during the course of the day.
All member or stakeholder visitors to Salt EB must wear a mask; have their temperatures taken; temperature and contact details must be recorded in the register and they must sanitise their hands. Please refresh yourself on the required protocols by revisiting the posters in our offices. Managers must also reinforce the protocols with their staff.
We have also noticed uninvited or unexpected visitors and even children on our premises. This is not permitted unless approved by management.
It is important to note that these measures are not only company policy (non-compliance could result in disciplinary action) but are also legislated by Government, which legally binds Salt EB as an employer.
If you have been in contact with infected parties or suspect that you might be infected yourself, please DO NOT come to the office but advise your direct manager immediately who will brief you on the steps to follow. In watching your well-being, please check the updated list of symptoms in the link below.
Against a backdrop of the daily average of COVID-19 deaths having increased by close to 50% over the last seven days, the gist of the President’s address was to announce new measures (e.g. curfew hours, alcohol sales, funeral wakes, red zone areas, venue capacity and beach access among others). He also appealed to South Africans to act responsibly despite the festive season and New Year celebrations. The sensible approach is to stay away from social gatherings and parties.
As responsible Salties, let’s play our role in making 2021 a better year and keep each other, our families and friends safe!
READ THE SUMMARY OR LISTEN TO THE FULL BROADCAST HERE:
VISIT THE LATEST WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, PARTICULARLY ON UPDATED SYMPTOMS.