COVID-19 Prevention Tips to Ensure a Safe Workplace.  

With the discovery of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Rwanda, which spreads faster and with different symptoms, it is more important than ever to reinforce our hygiene efforts to protect ourselves and clients from infection.  

We know that the lockdown is ongoing, so fewer businesses are open; however, it is still very important to keep a few things in mind as you shop for essentials or run a business that provides essentials:  

  • Wear a mask, and, if you are a business owner, ensure that everyone (customers, suppliers, and employees) is wearing masks at all times.  
  • Wash your hands, and, if you are a business owner, provide handwashing or sanitizing facilities at the entry of your business premises or shop. If possible, disinfect places where your business partners and customers frequently convene, such as counters and reception desks. 
  • Avoid touching your face because the virus can enter your body through the nose, mouth and eyes. Since it may be hard to ignore that disturbing itch in your eye, try to wash your hands regularly before touching your face.  
  • Maintain distance, and, if you are a business owner, ensure that your employees and clients maintain distance (preferably 1.5-2meters) while interacting. This is because the virus can travel through respiratory particles at a shorter distance from one person to another. 
  • If your business has many employees, assign their duties to be performed in shifts and offer different periods for breaks (tea and lunch) to avoid many people gathering in one place.  
  • Encourage your employees to monitor their health. If one notices COVID-19 symptoms, do not allow them to work from the business premises unless they provide negative COVID-19 test results. Regularly check on them and ask how they are doing.  
  • When accepting payment from clients, provide an option for digital payment to avoid contact with money to reduce chances of infection. 

We can only stop the pandemic if we all join efforts in preventing COVID-19 infection in our homes and businesses.