Bhubaneswar: Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Prem Chandra Chaudhary, on Friday ordered all business organizations functioning under the jurisdiction of the civic body not to bring any workers or labourers from outside the State.
As per an official order released by the Commissioner, it was found that one industrial organization has brought workers from other State and put all of them in quarantine from which 34 were found to be COVID-19 positive after testing.
Even though the workers were under quarantine, the possibility of spread of the virus due to small negligence cannot be ruled out. Moreover the number of positive cases in Bhubaneswar are rising and most of them have travel history of other States.
“In view of public safety and contain the spread of COVID-19 virus, it is therefore ordered that any business organization like industrail, construction, Hotels/Hospitality, Contractors (Both Govt and Private) etc shall not bring any workers/labourers from outside the State to BMC jurisdiction till 31.07.2020,” stated Chaudhary.
He advised the business organizations to utilize the locally available resources for the time being till July 31, 2020. In case some business establishments have brought workers or labourers from outside the State in the mean time, then they should ensure their quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival.
In case some of them develop symptoms then test should be conducted by the business owner at their own cost and they must inform the BMC about the result. In all other case including those who have been tested shall have to go for 14 days mandatory quarantine.
He further stated that in case the business establishments wish to bring workers or labourers from other part of the State then also they shall avoid bringing work force from hotspot districts such as Ganjam, Gajapati, Balasore, Cuttack and Jajpur and prefer from non hotspot districts till July 31, 2020.
However, the same principle of 14 days quarantine and testing strategy mentioned above shall have to be followed. Any deviation in this regard by any business establishment shall be viewed seriously, the Commissioner added.