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    COVID-19: Centre issues new guidelines for malls, restaurants, religious places

    This new guidelines directed by the Centre have come into effect from March 1 itself.

    Guwahati: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the Centre on Thursday has issued new guidelines for the prevention of spreading of the virus.

    Adding to the previous guidelines, including mandatory wearing of face masks, and social distancing at public places like malls, restaurants and religious places, the central government has issued a fresh list.

    This new guidelines directed by the Centre have come into effect from March 1 itself.

    Directing the shopping malls to have adequate manpower for ensuring social distancing norms, the Centre said that employees working at these places are at higher risks of coming in contact with the virus.

    Guidelines for Shopping Malls are:

    • Adequate manpower to be deployed for ensuring social distance norms.
    • All employees with higher risks to take extra precautions.
    • They should not be exposed to front-line work requiring direct contact with public.
    • Separate entry and exit for visitors, workers and goods/supplies to be ensured.

    Other than the shopping malls, the government has also put emphasis upon implementation of the new set of guidelines in the restaurants, including takeaways to be encouraged instead of dine-in and food delivery should d done duly by following COVID-19 precautions.

    Guidelines for Restaurants are:

    • Encourage takeaways instead of dine-in, food delivery to be done duly following Covid precautions.
    • Thermal screening of home delivery staff prior to allowing them for home deliveries.
    • Proper crowd management in parking lots and outside the premises duly following social distancing norms.
    • Maintaining physical distance of 6 feet while queuing up for entry and inside the restaurant.

    The government has also included a list for religious places, including mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening procedure at entry.

    Guidelines for Religious places are:

    • Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening procedure.
    • Only asymptomatic people will be allowed.
    • People without face mask will not be allowed.
    • Posters on preventive measures about coronavirus to be displayed at prominent places.
    • Staggering of visitors to be done.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday announced that six states, including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka, continued to report a surge in new COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. These six states account for 85.51% of fresh cases. It also added that a total of 17,407 new infections have been registered in a day.

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