Gated Communities & Residential Complexes Given New Guidelines by Health Ministry

From sanitisers and social distancing to early reporting and fighting of stigma attached to Covid patients, the Ministry of Health has come up with a set of new guidelines for residential complexes.

Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary (Health Ministry)

The whole country is currently battling the coronavirus pandemic and as all state governments are working day and night to curb and control the spread of the infection, the Health Ministry of India has come up with a series of instructions and guidelines that residential complexes would need to abide by, in order to minimise the chances of infection. The provisions that have been suggested by the Health Ministry include things like keeping a sanitiser dispenser at the entry gates, thermal screenings for all visors among a host of other guidelines. 

The Health Ministry has said that while sanitisers ought to be used by all visitors who wish to make an entry in the complex, they will also have to undergo compulsive thermal screening and only asymptomatic people will be allowed to go inside. Service providers who are required to enter the premises everyday such as household helpers, car cleaners, vendors, delivery personnel and others would also be required to undergo these procedures everyday. 

Moreover, there is a need for all to maintain the physical distancing protocol and large gatherings are not allowed in common places such as parks, swimming pools, lifts and lobbies, gyms and climbs within the premises of the residential complex. The advisory has clearly said that individuals above the age of 65 years and children below the age of 10 must stay indoors and minimise contact with outside visitors to reduce their chance of catching the infection. In case, the residential complex has been declared a containment zone then the RWA will be required to follow the guidelines of the local health authorities as stipulated in the containment zone plan and carry out its activities according to stringent protocols. 

Moreover, there is a compulsion on wearing masks all the time, maintaining social distancing, sanitising and frequent hand washing. There is also an emphasis laid on respiratory etiquette like covering one’s mouth and nose with a cloth/tissue when sneezing or coughing and watching over any change in one’s health very carefully. The ministry also encouraged early reporting and removal of community stigma against infected persons.

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