Monday, 16 March 2020

Advisory on Social Distancing Measure in view of spread of COVID-19 disease

Advisory on Social Distancing Measure in view of spread of COVID-19 disease 

    Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community. This eventually leads to decrease in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease.

    In addition to the proposed interventions, the State/UT Governments may prescribe such other measures as they consider necessary.

    All these proposed interventions shall be in force till 31st of March, 2020. They will be reviewed as per the evolving situation.

The following interventions are proposed:

1. Closure of all educational establishments (schools, universities etc), gyms, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres. Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted.

2. Possibility of postponing exams may be explored. Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students.

3. Encourage private sector organizations/employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.

4. Meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferences. Minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary.

5. Restaurants to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables; encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing.

6. Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.

7. Local authorities to have a dialogue with organizers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.

8. Local authorities to have a dialogue with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and should ensure no overcrowding/at least one metre distance between people.

9. ave  meeting  with  traders  associations  and  other  stakeholders  to Local  authorities  to  h regulate  h ours,  exhibit  Do’s  and  Don’t s  and places  like  sabzi  mandi,  anaj  mandi,  bus take  up depots, a  communication  drive  in  market rai where  essential services  are  provided.

10. lway  stations,  postoffices  etc., All  commercial  activities  must  keep  a  distance  of  one  meter  between  customers. Measures to reduce  peak  hour  crowding  in markets.

11. Nonessential  travel  should  be  avoided.   soci Buses,  Trains  and  aeroplanes  to  maximize al  distancing  in  public  transport  besides  ensuring  regular  and  proper  disinfection  of surfaces.

12. Hospitals  to  follow  necessary  protocol  related  with  COVID19  management  as prescribed  and restrict family/friends/children visiting  patients in hospitals.

13. Hygiene  and  physical  distancing  has  to  be  maintained.    Shaking  hands  and  hugging  as a  matter  of  greeting  to be  avoided.

14. Special  protective  measures  for  delivery  men/  women  working  in  online  ordering services.

15. Keep communities informed consistently  and  constantly.

Ministry of  Health  &  Family Welfare


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