The UN headquarters plans to move to the first phase of opening on July 20 against the backdrop of an improving situation with the coronavirus in New York-the building will be able to accommodate up to 400 people, according to a letter from the organization’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to employees.
According to him, before announcing the first phase, the headquarters premises will be thoroughly cleaned.
New York was until recently the center of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States. On the worst days in New York State, more than 700 people died a day, and more than 3,000 were admitted to hospitals.
“Given these measures and provided that New York continues to follow the prescribed stages of phased opening, the UN headquarters will move to the first phase on July 20, 2020,” the letter said.
As noted on the UN website, only certain activities at the headquarters will be allowed at the first stage. A maximum of 400 people per day will be allowed in the building, instead of 4,200 as in regular times.
According to the instructions, the focus will be solely on those tasks that need to be performed on-site, while many critical tasks will still be performed remotely.
Employees who need to work in the building are expected to wear masks. Temperature measurements for employees at the entrance will no longer be required.
You also don’t need to have an analysis of COVID-19. At the same time, the site says that regular administrative or organizational meetings are not allowed at stages 1 and 2.
As Guterres wrote in the letter, most of the employees during the first phase will continue to work remotely. At the same time, now, according to him, there are from 200 to 300 employees in the building per day. Canteens and bars will remain closed, the Secretary-General said.
The organization’s website also states that a maximum of 1,100 people per day will be allowed to stay at the headquarters during the second phase of opening, which is about 40% of the number of staff at regular times. Alternative work formats will mostly remain in place, and many employees will continue to work remotely. The transition to the second phase will be possible if the epidemiological situation in New York continues to improve.
According to instructions from UN headquarters, the third stage of easing restrictions will come when risks in the workplace are reduced to levels that occurred before the epidemic. However, restrictions imposed by the city and state of New York should be lifted by then. This includes the fact that phase 3 of the opening of the UN headquarters will come after kindergartens and schools start working in New York.