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The most important measures with respect to employees, taken to prevent and combat the effects of Covid-19 pandemic

The most important amendments with respect to employees following the recent measures taken to prevent and combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are:

During the state of alert, the employers[1] decide the organization of work at domicile or in telework, for at least 50% of employees, if the activity allows it. If the activity cannot be performed at domicile or in telework, the public and private employers with more than 50 employees, have the obligation to organize the work schedule in such manner as the staff to be divided into groups/shifts which start and terminate the activity at a difference of at least one hour, with the strict observance of the sanitary protection measures.

The access[2] of persons within the central and local public institutions, autonomous administrations and economic operators with public capital, as well as to economic operators operating in buildings with private offices where at least 50 persons perform activity simultaneously, is allowed only to those who:

are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 virus and for which 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination schedule;

provide the negative result of RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection not older than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection not older than 48 hours;

are within the period between the 15th and 180th day following confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

This measure will not apply to:

employees of central and local public institutions, autonomous administrations and economic operators with public capital, as well as economic operators operating in buildings with private offices in which at least 50 persons perform activity simultaneously;

participants in judicial, disciplinary, misdemeanour, administrative-jurisdictional and administrative proceedings for reasons of public order and safety;

persons in need of medical services and social benefits;

persons who come to the vaccination centres in order to administer a dose of vaccine;

in urgent situations (for example, issuance of the death certificate, birth certificate and so on). In this case, the public institutions and economic operators will take the necessary measures to ensure citizens’ access to the public services provided, including to persons who do not prove vaccination, testing or cure of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, by organizing the activity in the online system, in open spaces, at counters located directly outside buildings or in any other conditions that ensure compliance with measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Wearing[3] a protective mask, so as to cover the nose and mouth, becomes mandatory at work in all cases, except for persons who are alone in the office.

 

[1] Decision no. 1090/2021 on the extension of the alert status on the Romanian territory starting with October 10, 2021, as well as the establishment of the measures applied during it to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

[2] Decision no. 1090/2021 on the extension of the alert status on the Romanian territory starting with October 10, 2021, as well as the establishment of the measures applied during it to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

[3] Order no. 2.282/156/2021 on the establishment of the obligation to wear a protective mask, perform epidemiological triage and disinfect hands to prevent contamination with SARS-CoV-2 virus, during the alert state.

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