Good news for the retail motor industry is that the Revised Level 4 Lockdown Guidelines provide for the reopening of car sales from Monday, 4 May 2020, but under strict conditions. Under the current Level 4 guidelines, workshops will continue to support only emergency repairs for both essential workers and the general public.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
Your employer should communicate their individualised plans for the phased reopening of each dealership and business with you, as an employee. If you do not receive any communication from your employer, kindly contact your supervisor, manager or HR representative for more information.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE STRICT GUIDELINES THAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO COMPLY WITH
While each employer will be responsible to determine the phased reopening of dealerships, government has outlined a strict set of guidelines to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the workplace.
* All businesses must determine, according to their floor space, the number of employees and customers that may be inside the premises at any time and ensure that there is adequate space available to maintain social distancing of at least one and a half meters between individuals.
* Enable employees to continue to work from home, as far as possible, and minimise the need for employees to be physically present at the workplace.
* Restricting face-to-face meetings.
* To put in place special measures for employees with known or disclosed health conditions or comorbidities or with any condition which may place the employee in a higher risk category. This includes employees over age 60.
* Employers must provide every employee who may come into direct contact with members of the public, as part of their duties, with a cloth mask or a home-made item that covers their nose and mouth.
* Ensure adequate sanitation and sanitation facilities.
WHERE MISA CAN HELP
Each employer will determine the phased approach to reopening their business and communicate that to their staff members. MISA will therefore not be able to answer questions on individual workplaces.
If, however, you feel that you are being subjected to unfair labour practices, kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We wish you all the best – do stay safe, and continue to stay at home as far as possible.