Upon their return to United Nations Headquarters after months of COVID-19-induced telecommuting, UN personnel, diplomats, civil society members and resident journalists are expected to embrace new workplace measures for now: one-way pedestrian traffic, maximum two-person occupancy in elevators, mask wearing when in transit, and being seated at least 2 meters apart from colleagues.

To comply with local health advisories, the United Nations Headquarters complex has remained largely closed since mid-March, with only a few hundred personnel coming to work to perform on-site functions. However, with New York City gradually moving to ease those restrictions, the UN is also gearing up for its return to normalcy in three phases.

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