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

Social  distancing  is  a  non-pharmaceutical  infection  prevention  and  control  interventionimplemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease causing pathogen  and  those  who  are  not,  so  as  to  stop  or  slow  down  the  rate  and  extentof  disease transmission  in  a  community.  This  eventually  leads  to  decrease  inspread,morbidityand mortality due to the disease.In addition to the proposed interventions, the State/UT Governments may prescribe such other measures as they consider necessary.All these proposed interventions shall be in force till 31stof March, 2020. They will be reviewed as per the evolving situation.

The following interventions are proposed:
1.Closure of all educational establishments (schools, universities etc), gyms, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres. Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted.

2.Possibility of postponing exams may be explored. Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students.

3.Encourage private  sector organizations/employers  to  allow  employees  to  work  from home wherever feasible.

4.Meetings,as  far  as  feasible,shall  be  done through video  conferences.  Minimize  or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary.

5.Restaurants  to  ensure  handwashing  protocol  and  proper  cleanliness  of  frequently touched  surfaces.  Ensure  physical  distancing  (minimum  1metre)  between  tables; encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing.

6.Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.

7.Local authorities to have a dialogue with organizers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.

8.Local  authorities  to  have  a  dialogue  with  opinion  leaders  and  religious  leaders  to regulate mass gatherings and shouldensure no overcrowding/at least one metre distance between people.

9.Local  authorities  to  have  meeting  with  traders  associations  and  other  stakeholders  to regulate hours, exhibit Do’s and Don’ts andtake upa communication drive in market places  like  sabzi  mandi,  anaj  mandi,  bus depots,railway  stations,  post-offices  etc.,where essential services are provided.

10.All  commercial  activities  must  keep  a  distance  of  one  meter  between  customers. Measures to reduce peak hour crowding in markets. 11.Non-essential  travel  should  be  avoided.   Buses,  Trains  and  aeroplanes  to  maximize social distancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces.

12.Hospitals  to  follow  necessary  protocol  related  with  COVID-19  management  as prescribed and restrict family/friends/children visiting patients in hospitals.

13.Hygiene and physical distancing has to be maintained.  Shaking hands and hugging as a matter of greeting to be avoided.

14.Special  protective  measures  for  delivery  men/  women  working  in  online  ordering services.

15.Keep communities informed consistently and constantly.

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