Unlock 1: Govt Guidelines For Offices, Restaurants, Malls, Religious Places

Meryl Sebastian
Commuters wear face masks as they cycle over Howrah Bridge at Howrah on June 3, 2020 in Kolkata.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday has issued standard operating procedures to be followed by religious places, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and offices even as the country reported record spike in COVID-19 cases.

In its Friday morning update, the Union health ministry said the country registered a record spike of 9,851 new cases since Thursday 8 AM, with 273 fatalities in this period.

India is gearing up to reopen its economy from June 8, as restaurants, hotels, places of worship and offices outside COVID-19 containment zones are allowed to open. Shopping malls located outside containment zones will be allowed to open, barring cinema halls, gaming arcades and children play areas in these establishments.

Among its general guidelines, the health ministry asks everyone to install and use of the Aarogya Setu app. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.

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Frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches and washroom fixtures among others are to be cleaned and regularly disinfected.

Hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions should be in place mandatorily at entrances and everyone is asked to follow respiratory etiquettes.

For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which among other things emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices be in the range of 24-30oC, relative humidity  in the range of 40- 70%, with intake of fresh air as much as possible and adequate cross ventilation.

Guidelines for Offices

— Entrance to have mandatory hand hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal...

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