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Saudi Arabia Suspends Work in the Main Office of the Private Sector for 15 days

As a precautionary measure to combat the spread of coronavirus(COVID-19), Saudi Arabia decided to suspend work in the Main Offices of the Private Sector for 15 days according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD)

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development calls on all establishments in the private sector to adhere to the following:

1: Suspending employees from the main offices of the private sector for a period of “15” days.

2: The private sector establishments reduce the number of workers in its branches, offices and other facilities to the minimum necessary for the conduct of work and the availability of supply chains so that the number of workers required to be present in the workplace does not exceed “40%” of the total number of workers at the facility’s headquarters, taking into account the following:

  • Adherence to the necessary precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Health regarding those attending workers for workplaces or workers ’housing, including the provision of private-sector establishments – the number of workers in its headquarters or the housing of its workers exceeds (50) people – a sorting point in Entry is where the temperature is measured, the symptoms are asked, and the epidemiological link is provided, and whoever applies to one of the cases referred to is exempt from coming to the workplace.
  • Ensuring that sufficient spaces are available between workers in the workplace and the workers’ housing, according to the preventive guide for Coronavirus inside the workplaces issued by the Ministry of Health.
  • Obliging private sector establishments to close health clubs and nurseries located in its headquarters.
  • Obligation to apply the disclosure mechanism from all workers who exhibit symptoms of high temperature, coughing or shortness of breath, or mixing with an injured or suspected injury

3: All activities related to providing food, medicine, treatment, and the supply chain and logistical services related to them until they are made available to the end consumer, with the exception of the application of what is mentioned in item (second) above Taking into account the high orders issued in this regard.

4: Applying the mechanisms of remote work, using electronic means and applications in practicing activities, providing goods and providing services as possible, and taking into account the remote work guide issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

5: Granting compulsory leave of 14 days, which is not calculated from the leave balance for all employees who fall into the following cases: pregnant and lactating women, respiratory diseases, immunodeficiency diseases and users of immunosuppressive drugs, tumors, chronic diseases, and workers over fifty-five years old.

6: For private sector establishments that provide utility services to government agencies, they must coordinate with those bodies before suspending attendance at workplaces.

7: For private sector establishments that are unable to comply with the proportion of those who require their attendance at the workplace specified in Clause (Second) above, to submit their requests to the authority that supervises them.

The Ministry has made it clear that private sector establishments can submit inquiries about the mechanism of remote work through the means of communication for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, and what is related to the precautionary health measures necessary for its employees through the means of communication for the Ministry of Health.