This weekend, a number of rules and resolutions have been issued with the aim of regulating the progressive de-escalation of confinement and the return to what has been called “new normality”.
Last week, several ministerial orders were published in the BOE, through which the Government has decided to regulate different aspects to be applied during the deconfinement planned for the coming weeks. Among them:
- Transitional Assistance to Certain Tenants (Order TMA/378/2020, 30 April).
- Use of masks in means of transport (Order TMA/384/2020, of 3 May)
- Modification of the regime for intervention works in existing buildings where there is a risk of contagion by COVID-19 for people not related to this activity (Order TMA/385/2020, of 2 May).
The Directorate General for Labour also published on 1 May 2020, a criterion regarding the possibility of reducing the gradual application of TEREs submitted by force majeure.
According to this criterion, companies that were applying the measures to suspend or reduce the working day may waive them, in whole or in part, in respect of part or all of the workforce, and progressively, as the reasons linked to force majeure disappear. It will also be possible to alter the suspension measure initially proposed and facilitate the transition to reductions in working hours, which have less economic impact on workers and will gradually make it possible to meet the growing supply and demand for products and services from companies.
Regarding the conditions for the opening to the public of shops and services, as well as for the practice of professional and federated sport, a distinction has been made between a specific regulation for the islands of Formentera, La Gomera El Hierro and La Graciosa (Order SND/386/2020 of May 3rd), and the rest of the national territory (Order SND/388/2020).
Order SND/388/2020 is mainly aimed at the retail trade, certain professional services activities and hotel and restaurant services. The regulation establishes that these establishments must establish specific security and organizational plans to deal with the so-called phase 0 of the decontamination process and prevent an upsurge of the disease.
The organisations involved must consider a series of basic measures that are structured in several blocks:
- Criteria for reopening establishments
- Hygiene measures to be applied by establishments and premises
- Risk prevention measures for staff
- Protection and hygiene measures applicable to customers
These requirements are complemented by the guide on exceptional labour measures established against COVID-19 approved by Royal Decree Law 8/2020, and the guide to good practice for workplaces against COVID-19 published and updated by the Government on 11 April.
From the AddVANTE group, in collaboration with Ecogesa, we are at your full disposal for the preparation of organisational and safety plans in accordance with Order SND/388/2020, as well as for the adaptation of your business to the changing regulations that the legislative and executive powers have accustomed us to on a daily basis.
The fact that we have an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and an excellent team of management experts, used to drawing up plans and protocols for action, means that we can provide all our knowledge and experience to help you activate your business quickly and easily at a highly competitive price.