EFFECT OF THE LIFTING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS

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    Ivan Israelstam
    Keymaster

    On 23 June 2022 the Health Minister announced the lifting of Covid restrictions. Many employers take from this that they are no longer obligated to implement measures to protect people at the workplace from contracting Covid. Are they correct? If not, what obligations do employers have in this regard?

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    Michael Bagraim
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    The employer is entirely incorrect. The minister of labour published his own set of regulations. These are quite onerous and very similar to the ones used during the lockdown. There is still a need for a risk assessment. There is also a still a need to adhere to the Health and safety regulations.

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    Patrick Deale
    Keymaster

    I agree fully with Michael. For so long as Covid remains a health a risk, an employer must take reasonable measures to protect employees. This is same principle which applies to any other risks.

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    Ali Ncume
    Keymaster

    Despite the upliftment of Covid restrictions, same does not remove the employer’s obligation to ensure health and safety of employees in the workplace. The employer still has the responsibility to provide a safe working environment. Therefore, the employer still needs to protect employees at the workplace from any risk that may arise from Covid. The upliftment of restrictions does not necessarily mean that Covid does not exist. It is for the aforementioned reason that some employers can still implement and/or retain their policy which require employees to wear masks – that is a safety measure.

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