Suddenly fast! The Federal Council is not only raising home office requirements, but also mask requirements in offices from tomorrow, Saturday. This announcement has surprised many major companies. And give extensive advice on how to proceed now.
“We are currently reviewing the procedures and will inform our staff shortly,” Cobb says. However, it is already clear that sales staff in stores will continue to wear masks and that administrative staff will continue to work from home.
Crisis team doesn’t meet until Monday
At Migros too, decisions are made in a short time. “In all likelihood, a mask will only be needed from Monday as the 1.5m distance cannot be maintained,” Migros spokesperson Marcel Schlatter says. In branches with customers, masks must still be worn. It is still recommended to work from home at Migros’ headquarters in Zurich.
Posting takes longer. The crisis team at Swiss Post will deal with the new facilities on Monday. Until then, there will be no changes to specifications and regulations related to Covid-19, Post spokeswoman Léa Wertheimer tells Blick.
Every second chair should be empty
At Swisscom, things are starting to loosen up. The home office recommendation still applies. “From now on, employees can increasingly return to the office to meet in person as a team and with other colleagues,” spokeswoman Sabrina Haupcher says. In the workplace, every second chair should remain empty for the time being. But: “Since we strictly maintain a minimum distance, we can remain in our buildings without a mask.” Employees continue to wear masks in the elevator, in the toilets, or at the dining table in the staff restaurant.
At Roche, employees are gradually returning to the site. But they will stick with the home office. “We assume that a hybrid model will prevail after the pandemic, in which many employees come to the site for two to three days to work together and work from home for one to two days,” spokeswoman Nina Malitz says. When it comes to masks, not everything is so straightforward at Roche. “We are currently evaluating to what extent mask requirements at sites will change after the Federal Council decision,” the spokeswoman says.
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‘We are asking staff to stay home’
“With the announcement of the relaxation of home office requirements yesterday, working from home is no longer mandatory,” Novartis says. “We still recommend it,” says spokeswoman Anna Chivers. “If our employees can work from home without any problems, we ask them to continue to do so. This way we can keep the number of people in our locations low, which contributes to the safety of everyone.” What about mask requirements? “We are currently analyzing the situation and will make a decision this week,” she says.
On the other hand, the Raiffeisen staff can breathe a sigh of relief. “Mask requirements have been lifted for Raiffeisen Switzerland workers when they are seated at their workplace,” says spokesperson Joel Grandchamp. Raiffeisen Switzerland recommends that employees continue to work from home until July 31.
At Credit Suisse, masks are still required to be worn when employees are at their workplace. “In the workplace, in meetings and in rest areas, it is no longer necessary to wear a mask as long as social distancing is guaranteed,” she says.
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Masks in Büezer-Büssli
Construction workers in Implenia are still required to wear masks. In vehicles on the way to the construction site and after work. “Wearing protective masks indoors and in vehicles as well as maintaining a distance between the two of you remains in effect. Spokesperson Eva Heimrich tells Blick that construction sites continue to work with applicable protection concepts.
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