MOPH issues sick leave guidelines for quarantined employees
of Public Health (MoPH) has issued yesterday ( 21/4/2021) guidelines regarding
sick leaves to all employees during the isolation and quarantine period
associated with coronavirus (COVID-19), which is in implementation from
Ministry clarified that the employee, who is confirmed to have COVID-19 and the result of the coronavirus
examination (PCR) test shows that he has an active (infectious) infection, must
be placed under appropriate isolation
for a period not less than 14 days, adding if the test result shows that
the employee has an infection which is non-infectious, then the employee must
be placed under appropriate isolation
for a period of 7 days, and the "Ehteraz” app will be in red for the
duration of the health isolation, indicating that the said period of isolation is considered "sick
leave”, and in the event that the case is required to enter the hospital and
the isolation period is extended for a period of more than 14 days, the entire
period will be considered as sick leave until the recovery from the disease.
Ministry also clarified the classifications for an employee who has been in
close contact with a person with COVID-19 disease. If the employee has been fully vaccinated, or have
contracted the COVID-19 virus during the past six months, and meets the Ministry
of Public Health’s definition of close contact, he will be exempt from
quarantine, provided that the result of the Coronavirus (PCR) test is negative
after contact with the infected person, and that he shall self-quarantine for a
day until the test result appears, and he shall continue to monitor himself for
any symptoms similar to COVID-19 during the next fourteen days.
As for the employees, who have not been
vaccinated against COVID-19 and have not had the disease before, who are in
close contact with a person with an active (infectious) COVID-19 infection, and
who meet the Ministry of Public Health’s definition of close contact, they must be subject to
appropriate quarantine for a period of 14 days, while the employees, who
have contact with a person with a reactive (non-infectious) COVID-19 infection,will be subject to
quarantine for a period of seven days, and the "Ehteraz” app will be
yellow for the duration of the quarantine.
employees who are in the quarantine period must monitor themselves for any symptoms of COVID-19 disease. At
the end of the quarantine period and after proving no infection with COVID-19
disease through a Coronavirus examination (PCR), the employee can return to
work if the status of the EHTERAZ app changes to green again. The Ministry of Public Health stated that
this period is called "the quarantine period” and is not considered sick leave,
but rather work from home.
The Ministry of Public Health urges all
employees to adhere to preventive measures in the workplace, and employers must
ensure a safe work environment with adequate work space and good ventilation
for their employees in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Public
Health in this regard.
NB: It is noteworthy that health
isolation is defined as a period of time during which people with
active COVID-19 infection need to be isolated at home (if the house allows
this) or in a health facility designated for isolation until they are no longer
contagious for others. This period is usually 14 days.
While quarantine is a period
of time during which a person in contact with confirmed COVID-19 case must be
separated from others until recovery from his infection with COVID-19 disease
is proved through a Coronavirus examination PCR test, and this period may
reach 14 days.
It is noteworthy that the guidelines for
employee leave during isolation and quarantine related to COVID-19 disease are
published on the websites of the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry
Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs.