Coronavirus lockdown rules for offices: 6 feet apart seats, one hour gap between shifts

  • Seniors citizens, especially those with co-morbid conditions are encouraged to work from home
  • Large meetings with 10 or more people amid the coronavirus lockdown are strictly prohibited

Anulekha Ray
Updated15 Apr 2020
All the public and private organisations should encourage the employees to use Arogya Setu application. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
All the public and private organisations should encourage the employees to use Arogya Setu application. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

To fight against the deadly COVID-19, the second phase of nationwide lockdown began in India today. As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre issued fresh guidelines for workplaces amid national lockdown. IT, IT-enabled services (ITeS) and e-commerce companies are asked to work with up to 50% strength. Several offices and factories are allowed to operate during the lockdown if they follow the new guidelines.

All workplaces must ensure adequate arrangements for temperature screening. Sanitizers must be provided in all offices functioning during this period.

For workers coming from outside, special transportation should be arranged by the office. Public transport must be avoided during this period. The office vehicles should be allowed to work only with 30-40% passenger capacity. Thermal screening is mandatory for the employees at the gate. Any vehicle or machinery entering the office premise should be disinfected.

Also read: IT companies allowed to function with 50% staff during lockdown 2.0

Social distancing norms must be stringently followed. There shall be a gap of one hour between the two shifts. All offices must sanitize the work places during that time. For manufacturing establishment, there should not be any overlap between two shifts. Even during the lunch break, the employees must ensure adequate social distancing.

Large meetings with 10 or more people amid the coronavirus lockdown are strictly prohibited. Employees must sit at least 6 feet away from each other while working. This distance must be maintained even during the meeting and training sessions.

Seniors citizens, especially those with co-morbid conditions are encouraged to work from home. Parents of children who are below the age of 5, should also use remote-working facility.

Also read: New guidelines issued; check what will be allowed after April 20

All the public and private organisations should encourage the employees to use Arogya Setu application. Arogya Setu is a mobile application designed to track COVID-19 outbreak in India.

The non-essential visitors are banned at office premises. Usage of tobacco, gutka are strictly prohibited at the workplace. More than four persons are not allowed in lifts.

The organisation must identify the nearby hospitals and clinics which are authorised to treat COVID-19 patients. A list of those hospitals must be available at the work place. Medical insurance is mandatory for each and every employee.

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