Government approves blanket testing in companies, full wage for people in quarantine

The government has ordered compulsory blanket testing in companies in order for them to be able to remain in operation at the height of the coronavirus crisis. Companies with over 250 employees will have to start testing on Wednesday and conclude the first round of testing no later than March 12, companies with over 50 employees no later than March 15. The state will contribute to the cost of testing for each employee four times a month. Companies have been asked to place as many employees on home office as possible. Those on home office need not be tested. The fine for failing to comply can reach half a million crowns.

At its session on Monday the government also approved a proposal for people in quarantine to receive a full wage, in an effort get people with Covid symptoms to get a test and remain in isolation for a 14 day period. Presently many people try to avoid this, because the sick pay only amounts to 60 percent of their earnings. The change would be valid for a period of two months. The lower house is to debate the amendment to the law on Tuesday and the Senate should vote on it on Wednesday.