Agartala, Apr 07, 2021, ENEWSTIME Desk
The state government has on Wednesday issued a bunch of guidelines in view of the recent spike of COVID19.
The state government has decided to enforce various preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in government offices including those of government bodies, public sector undertakings, sub ordinate and attached offices.
Two separate notifications regarding the new guidelines and preventive measures have been issued by the government on Wednesday.
As per the notification, Mask Enforcement Day would be observed on every Saturday and adequate number of enforcement teams would be formed to visit crowded places like markets/ shopping malls etc. and make the people aware and impose fines / penalties wherever necessary as per the provisions of “The Tripura Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulations, 2020”.
Intensive miking would be organized by the District Administration urging people to wear mask/ face cover and maintain social distancing. Joint enforcement drives would be organized with Police and violators of the guidelines would be fined.
The AMC and Other Urban Local Bodies would be asked to sanitize all the crowded places including Offices, School and Colleges etc. on regular basis.
All District Magistrates have been asked to comply the instructions immediately and send the compliance report.
Meanwhile, the state government has taken some important steps to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Government Offices.
As per the notification, no official meeting will be held with more than 20 participants. There should be at least one metre gap between the chairs and all participants must wear face mask/ face cover. Besides, hand sanitizer should be provided to the participants before and after the meeting.
Mass government programme would be avoided in Pragna Bhawan, Town Hall, Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan or any other public halls.
In order to regulate number of visitors to government offices and residential offices, the visitors will be allowed to enter the government offices/ residential offices only with prior appointment.
Besides, wearing of face mask/ cover has been made compulsory at work and public places. Fine for not wearing mask will be rigorously implemented by Secretary (SA) in Secretariat and Head of Offices in their respective offices. Security posted at the offices and government establishments will not allow entry of any person without face mask/ face cover.
The officers, in case primary contact with any COVID patient, have been asked to exercise necessary precautions. Those who have come in close contact with any patient have to self-monitor their health and get tested as per medical advice.
The notification also said that biometric attendance may be discontinued until further orders. The state government has asked to avoid sporting events, competition etc. where there can be gathering.
In addition, thermal screening would be organised at all entry points to offices wherever feasible to detect any symptomatic staff. Only asymptomatic individual should be allowed to enter in to office premises.
According to the notification, if there are one or two cases reported, the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/ areas visited by the patient in past 48 hrs. There is no need to close the entire office building/ halt work in other areas of the office and work can be resumed after disinfection as per laid down protocol.
Closure of all gyms, recreation centres and crèches located in the government buildings has been suggested.
Besides, all employees who are at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, have been asked to take extra precautions. The order came in force with immediate effect.