To reduce the spread of Covid-19, remote work may be proposed as compulsory during a state of emergency, as Latvia’s Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has said.
The prime minister said, referencing data reported by the Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre, that coronavirus infections most often took place at work.
“People feel safe in their respective teams with colleagues, but at the same time people forget that after work everyone goes home or stores, making it possible to become infected or pass the infection to someone else,” said the politician.
He said remote work under current conditions helped reduce the risk of infection. This means it should be preferable at all jobs where it is possible.
“We have a lot of jobs that allow people to work remotely. We should do all we can to convince companies to do work remotely whenever possible, given the current situation. Working from home is more important now than it has ever been,” said Karins, adding that it was highly recommended for residents to work from home whenever possible.
When asked if people could be forced to work remotely, Karins said it was an option, but it needed to be considered together with other requirements. (BNN/Business World Magazine)