Countries across the globe are slowly adapting to the new normal in the Covid-19 era. With decreasing global infection cases, lockdowns are lifted and businesses are allowed to reopen. However, organisations must adhere to certain health protocols to contain the spread of the virus in office settings.
In a case where Covid-19 cases are found in the workplace, offices can resume work after proper disinfection, India’s union health ministry’s new guidelines said. The premises do not need to be closed or sealed, and the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/areas occupied and visited by the patient in the past 48 hours. If more than one or two cases are reported at the workplace, then the whole block or building should be disinfected.
These measures are taken because workplaces are relatively close settings, with shared spaces like workstations, corridors, elevators and stairs, parking places, cafeteria/canteens, meeting rooms and conference halls, so it is most likely that Covid-19 infection can spread relatively fast among officials, staffs and visitors.
Mandatory health protocols such as hand hygiene and thermal screening should be ensured at the entrance and only asymptomatic staff and visitors should be allowed entry. They also need to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in common places, use face covers or masks at all times and practicing frequent hand washing.
The guidelines also mentioned that offices in containment zones shall remain closed except for medical and essential services. Only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open up, and meetings are encouraged to be done through video calls, the Hindustan Times reports.