4 days at work, 10 days in lockdown would restart economy amid fears of COVID-19 resurgence, says economist

A new scheme suggests returning to workplaces for four days out of every two weeks. Workers would alternate weeks to reduce the number of people in the office at once.

Date of Publication: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

Researchers in Israel have proposed a new workweek model that may allow workers to return to offices while mitigating the risk of resurgence in COVID-19 cases. The model entails a four-day work week followed by 10 days in quarantine. The theory behind this model is that even if someone were to contract COVID-19 during their four workdays, they would be back in lock-down before they became highly contagious. Austria has adopted a similar model to reopening their schools, splitting up their students into two groups, with one group attending class Monday to Wednesday and the second group attending Thursday to Friday, swapping days every week. The researchers propose that this model can be applied at any level, ranging from businesses to an entire country, but will require strict enforcements and levels of controls to implement.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-14-2020-1.5569302/4-days-at-work-10-days-in-lockdown-would-restart-economy-amid-fears-of-covid-19-resurgence-says-economist-1.5570190

Summary by: Angus Lau