Bhubaneswar: With recent detection of new cases with new variants of COVID-19 Virus, State Government has directed District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police to ensure strict enforcement of the COVID-19 safety protocols by all in public places including workplaces to avoid any chance of resurgence of the disease in our State.
Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have recorded an “upsurge” in daily new cases of Covid-19, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.
ACS Disaster Management and Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena has issued instructions on 21 February to DMs, SPs and Municipal Commissioners to ensure that the Covid-19 Protocols are strictly followed at all levels.
He said after a year-long fight against COVID-l9 pandemic, the State has been able to substantially reduce the number of infections in the State.
In view of the improved situation and keeping in view the livelihood of the people, the State Government have in the meantime relaxed most of the restrictions and allowed the educational/ training institutions to open in a limited way.
This is, however, with the condition that the basic COVID-19 safety protocols shall be duly observed. But it is observed that people at many places are showing complacency in observing the basic safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of mask or other face covering while in public place, frequent hand-washing or use of hand sanitizer, maintaining minimum one-meter physical distance, avoiding congregation, etc.
Recently, in addition to detection of some cases with new variants of COVID19 virus, a spike in number of new covid-19 cases has been observed in Maharashtra and some other States.
At this juncture, we need to be very careful and the District and Police Authorities shall check and ensure strict observance of COVID-l9 safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of mask, maintaining physical distancing in all public places including work places and educational institutions.
Public awareness through loudspeaker announcements is to be made frequently in all market places, haat and other places.
Concerned authorities of Government and private offices/ institutions including educational institutions shall be responsible for due compliance of the COVID19 safety protocols in their respective establishments.
Large congregations must be avoided and wherever permission has been granted for marriages, other social/ religious functions, sports, entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ any other gathering/ congregations, compliance of the COVID-19 safety protocols and crowd size in such gatherings shall be strictly monitored. Under no circumstances, persons more than the number permitted shall be entertained in all such gatherings.
Adequate and strict sanitation measures are to be maintained in schools, colleges, other educational institutions and Anganwadi Centres.
The teachers and concerned authorities shall ensure observance of “COVID-19 safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of mask, maintaining physical distancing and provision of thermal scanning & hand wash or use of sanitizer by the students, teachers, staff and others.
Any person found with COVID-19 symptoms must be immediately reported to the nearest health institution and necessary further action be taken as per advice of the health authorities.
Nothing other than the curricular activities shall be allowed in educational institutions, Hotels, Restaurants, Dhabas and other places of public eating must be closely monitored by the police authorities so as to ensure strict compliance of physical distancing norms and other safety protocols.
Senior officers of the district administration will visit different places Covid-19 safety protocol compliance. Persons violating the COVID-19 Guidelines/ Protocols may be penalised under the relevant provisions of law.
Strong penal action shall be taken against the persons violating the COVID-19 Guidelines/ safety protocols.
Shops and other commercial establishments found violating such norms may be sealed and action as per law be taken against such violators.