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KIU International Desk: World Health Organization Releases Guidelines for Re-opening of Schools and Non-essential Businesses

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KIU, Main Campus – On 11th May 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a media briefing to update the public on the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The WHO released additional guidelines to help decision-makers consider how and when to reopen schools and non-essential businesses.

According to WHO, officials looking to open or close schools must weigh a clear understanding of how COVID-19 is transmitted and its severity in children; COVID-19's spread where the school is located; and the ability to maintain COVID-19 prevention and control measures within that school's setting.

For workplaces, leaders should carry out risk assessments to understand workers’ potential exposure to the virus and plan reopenings accordingly. The WHO recommends workplaces develop action plans that complement their existing business continuity plans. These action plans, which include guidance for re-opening, closing, and modifying work settings, while also outlining measures to help prevent or mitigate the virus’ spread, should be created in consultation with workers and their representatives. Steps should also be taken to ensure that all measures are widely and clearly communicated.

The WHO has urged communities to maintain essential discipline as they ease restrictions.

Photo credit: World Health Organization


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