The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has issued an advisory to the apartment societies to limit access to visitors and record their personal details as a part of the measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Pankaj Chakravarty, deputy secretary and state project coordinator, ASDMA, said that the advisory had been issued to create awareness among the people regarding coronavirus and the importance of social distancing.
In a letter, Chakravarty directed the Deputy Commissioners of Kamrup (metro), Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Cachar, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon Sivasagar, Golaghat, Hojai, Barpeta, Nagaon, Sonitpur and Biswanath districts to follow visitors protocol, shut down common activities, ensure cleaning of common premises, mechanism for contact-less delivery and ensure implementation of home quarantine, among others.
Check out the rules:
- Visitors protocol: All apartment societies shall enforce a visitors’ protocol, limiting access of outsiders into the apartment. Full details of the visitors shall be maintained, and details shall be entered by any person managing the entrance (security/other arrangements), including travel history, if any.
- Home quarantine rule: The managing committee shall collect all relevant information about the health, travel location and duration of all the residents. If any resident has a travel history to COVID-19-affected places or is being advised self-quarantine, the management committee shall ensure the same while maintaining the confidentiality and not hurting/disrespecting such residents.
Further, if any person is being asked to quarantine self, the management society may consider supporting the home-quarantined person in accessing daily necessities such as groceries and medicines. The management society shall also provide necessary psycho-social support while maintaining all infection control protocols.
Common activity areas: All apartment societies shall ensure that any public gathering platform, be it park, swimming pool, fitness centre or common activity centre, are closed and no gathering of people is allowed within the apartment premises.
Community events: The Apartment Societies shall refrain from organising any community event, religious event or any other event that may require a gathering of more than five people at a time.
Hand washing: Each apartment society shall enforce hand washing at the time of entry for all types of visitors and even for the families residing within when they come from outside. Hand washing basin with soap and liquid as well as a poster showing appropriate steps to wash hands shall be placed at the entrance and should be strictly ensured. If sanitizers are available, they can also be provided to use in the entrance.
Cleaning: Apartment societies shall implement cleaning and disinfection measures at least three times a day, particularly for lift buttons, handrails of staircases, gates and grilles and all other such areas within the apartment. Visitors should be instructed t avoid touching anything the common premises.
Delivery rule: Apartment society shall take measures to ensure contact-less delivery by placing delivery baskets at the security points. Or the families should be asked to pick up deliveries outside the gate. Necessary disinfection should be carried out for any packet received.
Domestic help: Apartment societies shall consider discussing with all residents mandatory leave with pay to domestic helps who work at multiple locations.