If the business cannot accommodate everyone (or deems it easier) they should select certain individuals and teams to work from home. It should also take reasonable steps to help people to work from home by discussing their working arrangements, ensuring they have the right equipment, include them in all necessary communications and look after their physical and mental well-being.
Before, during and after people set foot in the office, procedures for cleaning, hand washing and general hygiene should be set. The cleanliness of a post COVID-19 office design can be increased by encouraging people to follow guidelines, providing hand sanitiser, perform frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, and enhancing cleaning for busy areas. This includes all areas of the workplace – clear use and cleaning guidelines must also be provided for the toilets/washrooms (in which hand drying facilities must also be provided).
In the office, current social distancing guidelines must be observed where possible.This can be achieved by placing signs to inform everyone of the guidelines,avoid sharing desks, using floor tape or paint to mark areas for people to keep the right distance, arranging for a one-way traffic system throughout the workplace and seeing visitors by appointment only.