WHO Guidance For Easing Restrictions and Transition Risk Assessment Decisions

Any step to ease restrictions and transition must ensure:

  1. That evidence shows COVID-19 transmission is controlled;
  2. That public health and health system capacities including hospitals are in place to identify, isolate, test, trace contacts and quarantine them;
  3. That outbreak risks are minimized in high-vulnerability settings – particularly in elderly homes, mental health facilities and people residing in crowded places;
  4. That workplace preventive measures are established – with physical distancing, handwashing facilities, respiratory etiquette in place;
  5. That importation risks can be managed; and
  6. That communities have a voice and are engaged in the transition.

My single over-riding message? If you cannot ensure these criteria are in place, before easing restrictions, please re-think.