Covid-19 Resurgence Scare: Odisha Govt Reimposes Strict Guidelines For Its Offices

Bhubaneswar: Following reports of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in other States and Odisha, the State government today re-enforced strict guidelines for government offices.

An order issued by the General Administration & Public Grievance Department has instructed all government offices to hold meetings over virtual mode until further orders.

“It is advised to ordinarily hold meetings over virtual mode until further orders. In case a physical meeting is necessitated, seating may be arranged so that appropriate physical distance amongst the participants is maintained,” an official order said.

The order directed for scrupulous implementation of COVID-19 guidelines like social distancing, hand washing, and wearing of masks in the offices.

As per the guidelines, all the employees inside the office premises are required to wear masks compulsorily, for the entire period of their stay in the office.

Principle of Social Distancing of two meters between two persons has to be strictly maintained at all times in the office, the order said.

Unnecessary gathering/crowding in common passages/corridors is strictly prohibited, the order added.

Employees need to ensure frequent hand washing (for a minimum of 20 seconds) during office hours, especially, after the use of washrooms.

Visitors from outside to the office premises may be restricted to the bare minimum and they should be disposed of within a limited period following sanitation norms. Spitting inside the office premises is strictly prohibited.

Officials feeling physical discomfort and suffering should be advised to seek proper medical care and if having symptoms of fever/respiratory problem should seek leave on due information to respective reporting authorities. In cases of severity, home quarantine as per the guidelines may be ensured.

Further, more than 4 persons in the lift are not allowed. Inside the lift, the persons should stand facing the walls of the lift and not facing each other.