Two bus routes in the north of the country have recently been suspended as a result of Omicron cases. But how do essential services fare?

The highly infectious variant means that more and more people are signed off sick, and this is causing staffing problems in a number of workplaces. How is this handled for essential services such as water, power or public transport?

3G at work, masks and distancing are the standard measures to try and minimise the risk of infection.

The SEBES in Esch-sur-Sûre, which  manages 40% of the country's drinking water, went so far as to install containers to separate the different services. 3G was already introduced in November last year, and masks continue to be worn. The site, which must be staffed at all times, had already worked out emergency plans during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.

Similar plans are in place at the CFL, both at the operational services where traffic is planned and managed, and on the trains itself. Should there be excessive absences, the first measure would be reducing the frequency of trains, long before dropping a route altogether.

At Creos, which manages the power grid, a lot of the administrative work can be handled remotely, so people can work from home. Their recent move to a new HQ in Merl means their IT was recently overhauled and allows this flexibility.

Of course, repairs and maintenance still require people on site. But so far they have handled the pandemic well and have a number of measures in place to ensure they can maintain their service status.