Precautions to be followed as malls, hotels and public places reopen


With Unlock 1.0, several states across India have allowed the reopening of shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, cafés, and religious places after more than 2 months from Monday.

According to the guidelines issued by the Central government, the authorities and the management of said places had to ensure that they are following precautionary protocol before reopening. The public has also been advised to stay on their toes and practice social distancing, along with the required precautions, to avoid any contraction of the virus.

As the virus can prove to be most critical to certain age groups and kids of people, the Centre has asked the management of said places to advise the public accordingly. People above the age of 65 years, children below the age of 10, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems are advised to stay at home and not venture out if not for essential purposes.

The precautionary measures that the public is expected to follow, and that the public places are expected to provide, are to reduce the spread of Covid-19 at hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and other public places at all times. The precautions are as follows:

-Physical distancing of at least 6 feet should be followed as far as feasible.

-Use of face covers/masks.

-Practise frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be made wherever feasible.

-Follow respiratory etiquettes. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue or handkerchief or into a flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly.

-Self-monitoring of health. Report any illness at the earliest to the state and district helpline.

-Avoid spitting.

While the public places saw a lukewarm response to their reopening, as a lot of people didn’t feel like venturing into crowded places, there is a still a huge need for precautions even if there are no people present. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that shopping malls are likely to be frequented by a large number of people for shopping, entertainment and food, and hence there is a strict need for the public to follow these guidelines along with maintaining social distancing.

Inputs from Yukta Baid


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