NEW DELHI: Wearing of face mask or face cover shall be compulsory in all public spaces and workplaces, sale of liquor and tobacco strictly banned and spitting in public spaces shall be punishable with fine during Covid-19 lockdown 2.0.
According to ‘National Directives for Covid-19 Management’ issued by the home ministry as part of revised consolidated guidelines for the extended lockdown, no organisation or manager of public space shall allow a gathering of 5 or more persons and all those in charge of public places, workplaces and transport shall ensure social distancing as per health ministry guidelines.
Gatherings such as marriages and funerals shall remain regulated by the concerned district magistrate.
In workspaces where activities are allowed to resume from April 20, temperature screening and providing sanitisers will be a must. Also workplaces should maintain an hour’s gap between shifts and ensure that lunch breaks of staff are staggered to maintain social distancing.
The directives require senior citizens and parents of children below 5 years to be encouraged to work from home. Large meetings will be prohibited and workplaces must be sanitised in between shifts.
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Manufacturing establishments permitted to operate during lockdown need to make frequent cleaning of common surfaces and hand washing mandatory; avoid overlap of lifts; stagger lunchtime; and carry out intensive communication of good hygiene practices.
Standard operating procedures have been laid down under the home ministry’s revised guidelines for social distancing in offices, workplace, factories and establishments. These require all areas on their premises including entrance gates, canteens, equipment, lifts, walls and washrooms to be disinfected completely with user-friendly disinfectant.
Special transport arrangements should be made by employers to ferry workers coming from outside. Such vehicles should ply with 30-40% passenger capacity.
Medical insurance for workers has been made mandatory. Thermal screening of everyone at entry and exit points would be required, with a total ban on non-essential visitors.
No more than 2-4 persons should be allowed to travel in lifts (depending on the size) or hoists. Use of staircase is to be encouraged.
There should be strict ban on gutka and tobacco consumption and spitting should be strictly prohibited, as per the SOPs.
Hospitals and clinics in the vicinity that are authorised to treat Covid-19 patients, should be identified and their list should be available at the workplace at all times. More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown: What will stay open and what won'tHow to quarantine yourself at homeTrust the newspaper for your daily verified newsWatch Covid-19: MHA issues new guidelines for phase 2 of lockdown