Uganda Communications Commission has announced plans to resume full operations following H.E President Yoweri Museveni’s directive on the partial lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In his last national address on COVID-19 on 19 May 2020, H.E the President announced several measures to ease the lockdown, including usage of personal vehicles beginning 26 May 2020.
Like most workplaces, the Commission froze operations at its offices in March and encouraged staff to work at home while maintaining business continuity online, in line with the measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
With the Government having decided that the time is right to move toward normalcy slowly, the Commission’s top management has approved guidelines to follow as full operations resume.
In an internal communication issued last week, the Director Human Resources and Administration Joyce Kasirye announced that staff would return in two phases, the first on Tuesday 26 May and the second on 04 June 2020.
Considering that public transport is yet to be restored, Commission vehicles are to be deployed to transport members ofstaff without personal vehicles. Meanwhile, working at home will continue for staff whose date of return is 04 June 2020.
“Staff are required to continue observing Ministry of Health guidelines of social distancing, regular washing of hands and avoiding touching the soft parts (mouth, eyes, nose),” the Human Resources and Administration Director said in her statement.
To cope with some of the COVID-19 measures that are still in place, such as the 7.00 pm-6.30 am curfew, the Commission has adjusted working hours from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, to 8.30 am-4.30 pm until further notice.
There will be compulsory temperature checking at the point of entry into UCC premises and usage of masks in public areas. The Human Resources Department is to provide staff with disposable masks as staff wait for the washable masks recommended by the Government.
“Except for directors, no visitors will be allowed to access staff offices. Visitors without masks will not be allowed to enter Commission premises,” Ms Kasirye said.
“The post-COVID-19 lockdown workplace is slightly different from the situation before the lockdown. You are therefore kindly requested to bear with the above management guidelines during this period, given that your safety is our priority.”