No COVID-19 isolation unless you have symptoms – then only for 7 days

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 they do not need to isolate if they show no symptoms.

Those who are positive and have symptoms must isolate for 7 days, and not 10.

The close contacts of those who test positive will not be required to isolate unless they themselves also develop symptoms.

This change by Government is based on data which showed that the “proportion of people with immunity to Covid-19” is at levels of 60% to 80%”, and that the country has exited the fourth wave,

According to the latest government statistics, 46.55% of the adult population has been vaccinated.

The effect on your workplace:
- Do not stop screening anybody who enters your premises.
- If somebody does test positive, screen them continually to make sure that they remain asymptomatic.
- Should symptoms arise the 7 days isolation will begin.
- Should symptoms show, the employees in contact with that person must be monitored for symptoms closely.
- If the isolation is accompanied with a doctors’ certificate the employee can claim paid sick leave. In the absence of sick leave or a doctor’s certificate the isolation is unpaid.

Make sure this is communicated to your employees.

Mark - 04:16 @ common, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, B-BBEE | Add a comment