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Covid-19: Work places will have to follow these rules during Lockdown 3.0

According to the National Directives for Covid-19 Management, wearing of a face cover is compulsory at all work places

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BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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The new guideline has asked citizens above the age of 65, pregnant women and children below the age of ten to refrain from stepping out

The government on Friday extended the nationwide to prevent the spread of by two more weeks till May 17, and the (MHA) issued a set of new guidelines for organisations and its employees to follow at work places.

The was first imposed on March 24 and was to end on May 3. It was subsequently extended by two weeks till May 3, and then by another two weeks to May 14.

According to Directives for Covid-19 Management, wearing of face covers is compulsory at all work places, and adequate stock of it should be made available.

Persons in charge of work places must ensure social distancing is being followed according to the guidelines issued by Ministry of and Family welfare, both within the work area and in company transport.

The MHA has said social distancing must be ensured through adequate gaps during shift hours, lunch breaks, etc.

The ministry directive has said thermal screening, sufficient quantities of hand wash and sanitiser -- preferably with touch free mechanism -- should be available at all entry and exit points and common areas of a work place.

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An organisation must carry out frequent sanitisation of entire work place and points which come into human contact — door handles, etc.

According to the new guideline, the use of the Aarogya Setu app -- developed by the government to help citizens assess themselves on the risk of their catching the infection -- is mandatory for all employees and the head of an organisation must ensure 100 per cent coverage of the app among its staff.

The ministry has asked organisations to identify nearby hospitals or clinics authorised to treat Covid-19 patients and make the list available at work places. Employees showing any symptoms of should be sent for a check-up immediately, and quarantine areas must be earmarked for isolating employees till they are moved to the medical centre.

The new guidelines have also asked citizens above the age of 65, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years to refrain from stepping out unless it is for an essential reason or purposes.

The directive has also asked organisations to ensure transport facilities are arranged with social distancing in mind wherever personal or public transport is not feasible.

First Published: Sat, May 02 2020. 13:12 IST