Ayushman Ojha, Ground Report:
Unlock 1.0 is happening when India has fifth highest number of active coronavirus cases in the world and the government has issued SOPs for reopening malls, religious places and restaurants
A detailed set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been issued by the government. These SOPs will be the rules to reopen offices, religious places, malls, restaurants and hotels. Earlier PM Modi said ,“Jaan hai toh jahaan hai” but with further worsening of situations he changed the notion with “Jaan bhi jahaan bhi” which means living with coronavirus and resuming the commercial activities. To bring life back on track even when the Covid-19 cases are rising exponentially the government on Thursday announced Unlock 1.0 to be implemented from June 8.
While visiting offices, religious places, malls, restaurants and hotels, people are required to follow social distancing .Wearking masks is compulsary even inside restraunts. “Practice 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. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly,” the SOPs states. Apart from these basic procedures, here is the list of detailed SOPs one needs to know.
Here is everything you need to know about all the things reopening and to what capacity.
- Are all the above mentioned places opening?
The SOPs are advisory in nature; it is for state governments and individual establishments to enforce them. There are no exceptions to the medical or essential services. The government has advised the establishments to guide the public accordingly as the government wants them to comply with. For eg- Advising Senior citizens and kids below the age of 10 to stay at home.
- What are the norms to be followed when visiting these places?
Offices – Only asymptomatic people are allowed to come in with employers staggering office hours and lunch breaks.Buildings should preferably have separate entry and exit.
Religious places of worship – The SOPs suggests to open one’s shoes in their own vehicle not to touch idols, statues and holy books. Swapping the old choir singing in groups, the procedures have brought in use the digital recorded devotional music. Briniging their own mat, public has to avoid physical contact and offering of Prasad and holy water.
Restaurants– In restaurants not more than 50% of seating capacity is to be permitted and takeaways instead of dine-in is encouraged. Moreover, delivery persons should leave food packet at the door instead of handing the food packet to the customer. Wearing masks is compulsary all the time and digital payment is encouraged.On the part of the establishment, disposable menus and paper napkins are advised, tables should be sanitised after every customer leaves.
Hotels – Guests must provide travel history, medical condition, self-declaration form, and ID to check in. Establishments must have contactless processes as an option for check-in and check-out and have the facility of disinfecting the luggage.
Queries related to the operating of air conditioners is also answered in the SOPs that is “For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which inter alia emphasises that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30oC, relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70 per cent, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate,”. After the resumption of work if there is a Covid-19 suspect, the establishment has to inform the medical facilities and in case it turns out to be the positive one, the premise must be disinfected.
With this unlocking of public places, do not be mistaken that the virus is gone. It is still raging and that too exponentially. To tackle the economic problems the government had to take this step but still one must not go wandering for leisure and follow the norms of social distancing very seriously.