After Mumbai reported 400 new cases on Monday (February 15), the Maharashtra state government has warned people to follow SOPs and guidelines or face strict action (perhaps hitting at a fresh spell of lockdown or penalties on offenders, not clearly stated).
In a press conference in Aurangabad (Maharashtra), the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar pointed out that people have begun to neglect the rule of masking up when in public and that this could lead to serious consequences.
Maharashtra’s Deputy CM Ajit Pawar expressed alarm at the sudden rise in Covid cases in the state. MVA govt is likely to take action, hints Pawar.
According to a report in Mumbai Live, the Maximum City’s M-West ward (which also covers Chembur) is reporting a significant increase in new COVID-19 cases, the local ward office issued new guidelines on Monday to societies in the ward while also directing hawkers to undergo coronavirus testing.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued newer guidelines to residential societies in the ward with the subject line “Appeal/instructions to all societies to follow strict covid guidelines.”
The basic 5 guidelines to Chembur residents:
The housing society will restrict the entry of outsiders to a minimum – including maids/milkman etc
Measures like thermal scanning to be strictly implemented
positive cases, if any, in the society – to follow strict quarantine guidelines along with concerned family – stay quarantined for 14 days, compulsorily
Other members in the family and high-risk contacts to undergo mandatory testing and any other symptomatic person in society to get checked for Covid through MCGM
The notice also warns that BMC has resumed sealing buildings and societies which have a higher volume of COVID-1 vases – in a likely step to convince residents to adhere to guidelines and SOPs more strictly.
The state Health Minister Anil Deshmukh has also reemphasised the need to adhere to the three Ts – Tracing, tracking and Treating.
Dos and Don’ts – COVID-Safety Guidelines for Mumbai (and Maharashtra residents):
Wear Masks in public places and when meeting anyone you are not quarantined with: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places; in workplaces; and during transport.
Keep COVID-safe distance: Social distancing between individuals is a must to kee the spread of the airborne virus at bay and therefore all people must maintain adequate distance in public places. Shops too must ensure that physical distancing among customers is maintained.
Do not spit in public places: Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the State/ UT local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations.
Offices and establishments must stagger work hours: Staggering of work/ business hours by offices, workplaces, shops, markets and industrial & commercial establishments will ensure people do not travel in crowded transport buses, locals etc.
Avoid giving entry to customers without Screening & hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitiser will be made at all entry points and of hand wash or sanitiser at exit points and common areas.
Most-touched items like doorknobs etc to be sanitised often: Frequent sanitization of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact e.g. door handles etc., will be ensured, including between shifts.
Ventilate offices: All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure the adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc is maintained and that the office area is well ventilated. Avoid airconditioning that uses the same air again and again.