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Inspections of workplaces to enforce lockdown norms

Panaji: The state executive committee has  said that there will be field inspections by ‘incident commanders’  to ensure implementation of lockdown guidelines issued by  the Union  ministry of home affairs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision came at a SEC meeting held on Sunday, which  reviewed the overall situation of the pandemic.

Chief Secretary Parimal Rai, who  chaired the meeting, emphasised the need for extra caution vis-à-vis the pandemic, as a large number of activities has been included under the permitted category during the second phase of the lockdown.

The SEC decided that the focus of  ‘incident commanders’  should be on field inspections to ensure implementation of the lockdown guidelines. 

The ‘incident commanders’ should actively enforce cleaning of common spaces, such as toilets, lifts, staircases. There should be no mixing of shifts.  Staggered timings for lunches etc should be maintained in the permitted establishments.

The public transport should  not be permitted, the meeting felt, and that the special buses ferrying government staff and  healthcare workers need to follow  norms of social distancing and other health safety standards.

The meeting also stressed on the compulsory wearing of face masks at   public places and workplaces. The norms of ‘no pillion rider on motorcycles’, ‘one driver and one person on the backseat in a car’ and ‘goods vehicles with two drivers and one helper’ have  been enforced in the state.

The SEC deliberated on the current situation in the state.

The meeting was also briefed on law and order reports, trucks movement, relief and shelters and the COVID status report.

Health secretary Nila Mohanan said that 1000 thermal guns have been procured and the same will be distributed as per demands by  departments, adding that the data collected during the house-to-house survey is being examined.

District observer Kunal sought ‘face shields’ for the staff deployed at  border check-posts.

The SEC asked Mohanan to procure 200 face shields to meet the demand of both

the districts.

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