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April 15, 2020

Wearing face cover compulsory in public places. Know Standard Operating Procedure for Social Distancing in India

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National Directives for COVID-19 Management

The National Directive shall be enforced by the district magistrate through fine and penal action as prescribed in the Disaster Management Act2005.


  1. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public places, work places
  2. All persons in charge of public places, work places and transport shall ensure social distancing as per guideline issued by ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  3. No organisation /Manager of public place shall allow gathering of 5 or more persons
  4.  Gathering such as marriage and funerals shall remain regulated by  the District Magistrate
  5. Spitting in public spaces shall be punishable with fine.
  6. There should be strict ban  on sale of liquor, gutka ,tobacco etc. and spitting should be strictly prohibited              


  1. All work places shall have adequate arrangement for temperature screening and provide sanitizers at convenient places.
  2. Work place shall have a gap of one hour between shifts and will stagger the lunch breaks of staff, to ensure social distancing.
  3. Persons above 65 years of age and person with co-morbidities and parent of children below the age of 5 may encourage to work from home.
  4. Use of Arogya setu will be encouraged for employees both private and public.
  5. All organizations shall sanitize there work places between shifts.
  6. Large meeting to be prohibited.


  1. Frequent  cleaning of common surfaces and mandatory hand washing shall be mandated
  2. No overlap of shifts and staggered lunch with social distancing in canteens shall be ensured.
  3. Intensivecommunication and training on good hygiene practices shall be taken up.

Standard Operating Procedure for Social Distancing for offices, Workplace, Factories and Establishments 

The following measures shall be implemented by all offices, factories and other establishments:

  1. All area in premises including the following shall be disinfected completely using user friendly disinfectant mediums:
    • Entrance Gate of building, office etc.
    • Cafeteria and canteens.
    • Meeting room, Conference halls / open area available /verandah/entrance gate of site bunkers porta cabins, building etc.
    • Equipment and lifts.
    • Washroom, toilet, sink, water point etc.
    • Walls / all other surfaces
  2. For worker coming from outside, special transport facility shall be arranged without any dependency on the public transport system. These vehicles should be allowed to work only with 30-40% passenger capacity.
  3. All Vehicles and machinery entering the premises should be disinfected by spray mandatorily.
  4. Mandatory thermal scanning of every one entering and exiting the work place to be done.
  5. Medical insurance for the worker to be made mandatory.
  6. Provision for hand wash & sanitizer preferably with touch free mechanism will be made at all entry and exist points and common areas. Sufficient quantities of all the items should be available.
  7. Work place shall have a gap of one hour between shifts and will stagger the lunch breaks of staff, to ensure social distancing.
  8. Large gatherings or meetings of 10 or more people to be discouraged. Sitting at least 6 feet away from others on job sites and in gatherings, meetings and training sessions.
  9. Not more than 2/4 persons (depending on size) will be allowed travel in lifts or hoists.
  10. Use of staircase for climbing should be encouraged.   
  11. There should be strict ban of gutka, tobacco etc. and spitting should be strictly prohibited.
  12. There should be total ban on non – essential visitor at sites.
  13. Hospitals/ clinics in the nearby areas, which are authorised  to treat COVID-19 patients, should be identified and list should be available at work place all the times

Ref: Government of India. Ministry of Home Affairs Order date 15 April 2020

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