Guidelines for Reopening Offices & General Guidelines
The Times Of India
Jun 11, 2020

Watch our latest video to learn about the Central Government’s Guidelines for Reopening Offices, General Guidelines and Guidelines when there is a suspected COVID patient in your building.

Today let me tell you the Central Government’s Guidelines for Reopening Offices, General Guidelines and Guidelines when there is a suspected COVID patient in your building. 

Offices / Workplaces: 

  • All the office entrances should have compulsory hand hygiene and thermal screening facilities.

  • Only asymptomatic staff/visitors should be allowed inside.

  • People staying in the containment zone should work from home till the area is in the containment zone and this period should not be counted as leave

  • There should be a facility to disinfect the interior of the vehicles with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/spray.

  • Most of the meetings should be done through video conference 

  • If possible there should be staggering timings for office hours, lunchtime and tea breaks should be done so that all the staff don’t gather at the same time and social distancing is maintained.

  • The seating arrangement should follow perfect social distancing.

  • The number of people in the elevator should be restricted.

  • Regular issue of visitors’ passes should be suspended. Visitors with proper permission of the officer who they want to meet should be allowed after they are properly checked.

General guidelines: 

  •  The government also released a set of general guidelines that will apply to all the places

  •  All individuals must maintain a distance of 6 feet.

  • Use of face covers/masks is mandatory.

  • Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly followed

  • Spitting is strictly prohibited.

  • Only asymptomatic customers/visitors shall be allowed inside any place. 

  • A person above the age of 65 years, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years are advised to stay home.

  • Posters/standees / AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 should be displayed.

  • Specific markings should be made with sufficient distance to manage the queue and ensure social distancing in the building.

  • Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted and social distancing norms strictly followed.

  • For air-conditioning /ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed. The temperature setting of all air conditioning should be in the range of 24-30 degree C 

  • Frequent sanitation within the premises should be done with special focus on lavatories, drinking and handwashing areas.

 Guidelines for Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 case in Buildings 

  •  Keep the ill person in a room or area where he/she is isolated from others.

  •  Provide a mask/face cover till he/she is examined by a doctor.

  •  Immediately inform the nearest medical facility (hospital/clinic) or call the state or district helpline.

  •  The public health authority will do a risk assessment (check). Accordingly, further action is initiated regarding the case and physicians will decide whether or not his/her contacts need disinfection.

  •  If the person is found corona positive then the premises will be disinfected.