Mothers Granted Flexible Working Hours Amid Nursery Closure Due To Coronavirus

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Mothers Granted Flexible Working Hours Amid Nursery Closure Due To Coronavirus

The UAE is taking all measures to consciously prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. As a move towards this, nurseries in the region have been shut, from 1 March 2020. However, this has also caused a lot of panic and unsettlement among working mothers, who send their kids to nurseries.

What’s It?

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, has announced flexible working hours that allow parents to take care of their kids.  Mothers are permitted to reach office two hours late or leave two hours early, until the nurseries reopen.

Meanwhile, taking into consideration the safety of students, the KHDA has taken some precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. KHDA has ordered all private schools and universities in the UAE  to cancel internal and external trips, amps, teacher or student events, sports, immediately until further notice.

Furthermore, students will also be asked to declare travel details if anyone in their family travelled to countries with high infection rates, including China, South Korea and Iran, in the past 28 days. However, parents are urging KHDA to shut schools until 1 April, considering the safety of the children.

What Else?

Meanwhile, there has also been a lot of flight cancellations and hotel lockdowns, due to the threat.

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended visas for pilgrims visiting the holy city of Makkah over coronavirus fears. Furthermore, Saudi has also suspended visas for tourists from countries where the virus has had a rampant spread. Besides, the UAE is also coordinating with the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to evacuate Iranian visitors in the UAE back to Iran.

Iran’s number of infected patients with the Covid-19 virus increased rapidly last week and UAE suspended flights the two countries. Reports reveal that more than 210 people have died in Iran, with the highest number of deaths reported in Tehran.