You must work from home if you can. If your workplace is opening under Alert Level 3 and you cannot work from home, you may decide to go to work. Talk with your employer about whether you can work from home, or other ways to keep you safe while at work and travelling to work.

During Alert Level 3 all workplaces must have rules about:

  • social distancing (staying apart from others)
  • no face to face customer contact.
  • recording who is working together
  • limiting interaction between groups of workers
  • disinfecting surfaces
  • maintaining high hygiene standards.

Workplaces must operate safely for everyone to eliminate the risk of spreading COVID-19 wherever possible. If it’s not possible to eliminate the risk, then minimise it by thinking about all the types of actions you could take. If you are at risk, you and your employer both need to agree on suitable arrangements to keep you safe at work.

Some options for managing your health at safety at work might include

  • working at times where there are fewer other workers around
  • Increased physical distancing (staying two metres away from other workers)
  • Extra safety equipment or rules
  • Doing tasks that require less interaction with others

Some essential services that include close personal contact between workers and others (like aged care or hospitals) have different rules. In these types of roles, and in essential businesses that involve customers like supermarkets and buses, you should discuss with your employer if additional measures are warranted to keep you healthy and safe.

If you and your employer agree that you should not come to work during Alert Level 3 and you cannot do your job from home, talk to your employer about what your leave and pay arrangements will be. This could be a mixture of paid leave, like annual leave, or unpaid leave.

The Government has established the Essential Workers Leave Scheme to provide financial assistance to workers who are not able to work.  Your employer can apply for this.