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Reopening responsibly: Safety first as Dubai government offices resume 100% Filed on June 15, 2020 | Last updated on June 15, 2020 at 06.25 am
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Entities to offer staff flexible hours, mental support.

The government offices in Dubai resumed working with 100 per cent capacity from today, while those in Sharjah resumed with 30 per cent staff.

A top official told Khaleej Times on Saturday that the measures his authority has implemented will boost employees' sense of safety and security and offer them mental support.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), said the measures implemented at the authority's offices include flexible working hours to limit congestion when entering or leaving; continuous sterilisation; providing disinfectants, hand sanitisers, face masks and gloves; and thermal cameras for temperature checks.

"There are different entry and exit points to ensure safe distancing. We are also informing customers and staff about precautionary measures," he said in a statement to Khaleej Times.

Al Tayer said the Dewa has an agreement with "specialised health facilities" to conduct Covid-19 tests and allocate special rooms for quarantine at its facilities in case any employees show Covid-19 symptoms.

"In cooperation with specialists and psychologists, Dewa also has set up a helpline for its staff for psychological support," the official added.

In Dubai and Sharjah, certain categories of employees like the elderly, those with underlying health and chronic conditions, people of determination and pregnant women will continue to work from home. In Sharjah, female employees who have school-going children in the ninth grade or below have been exempted from reporting to office until the end of the current academic year.

Fifty per cent of Dubai's government employees returned to offices on May 31, while several private sector offices started operating at full capacity from June 3.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, had previously announced that all precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19 will be strictly implemented and offices closely monitored to ensure compliance. 

Staff Reporter

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