Coronavirus has created a huge panic and fear amongst people. The government has advised states across India to take social distancing measures as a preventive strategy for implementation till March 31. 

 

According to government recommendations, meetings should be held through video conferencing. In the case of the food industry, the government asked restaurants to ensure adherence to hand washing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces and ensure physical distancing (minimum 1 meter) between tables; and encourage open-air seating where practical with adequate distancing.

Similarly, the Centre said that the organizers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings should postpone such events.

Advisory on Social Distancing Measure in view of the spread of COVID-19 disease are :

  • Closure of all educational establishments (schools, universities, etc), gyms, museums, cultural and social centers, swimming pools and theatres. Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted.
  • It is advised by private sector organizations/employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.
  • Sports events have been postponed and canceled.
  • Meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferences/calls. Minimize or reschedule meetings involving a huge population unless necessary.
  • Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.
  • Exams have been postponed for students.
  • All commercial activities must keep a distance of at least one meter between customers. Take measures to reduce peak hour crowding in markets.
  • Non-essential travel should be avoided. Buses, trains, and airplanes to maximize social distancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces.
  • Hospitals should follow the necessary protocol related to COVID-19 management as prescribed and restrict family/friends/children visiting patients in hospitals.
  • Hygiene and physical distancing have to be maintained. Avoid shaking hands and hugging as a matter of greeting.
  • Special protective measures for delivery men/ women working in online ordering services.
  • Keep communities informed consistently and constantly to avoid panic.
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