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ASDMA advisory on COVID-19 to apartment societies

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 28 - Although Assam is yet to report any positive case of COVID-19, still as a preventive measure against the global pandemic the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) today issued an advisory for the apartment societies of Kamrup (Metro), Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Cachar, Tinsukia, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Sonitpur, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Hojai and Biswanath districts.

In the advisory, the ASDMA has asked the apartment societies to enforce a visitors� protocol by limiting the access of outsiders to the apartment. In this regard, every apartment society from now on will have to register details of every visitor including their travel history.

As a preventive measure, every apartment society has been directed to arrange hand washing facility at the entry point. For hand washing, the apartment societies have to provide soap and hand washing liquid along with posters showing appropriate steps to wash hands at the entry point.

The ASDMA has also restricted public gatherings in parks, swimming pools, fitness centres, common activity centres, etc., located on apartment premises. Again, every apartment society will have to ensure regular and frequent cleaning and disinfection measures for lift, handrails in the staircases, gates, grills and all other areas.

In another step towards prevention of coronavirus, every apartment will have to keep a delivery basket at the security point to ensure contact-less delivery.

The ASDMA has also advised the apartment dwellers to give mandatory leave with pay to domestic helps who work at multiple places.

Besides, apartment societies have been asked to collect all relevant information about the health and travel history of each and every resident and to arrange quarantine facilities for those who recently returned from countries affected by COVID-19.

The ASDMA further said that if a person is asked to go into self-quarantine, the society concerned will provide the person access to daily necessities such as groceries, medicines, etc., along with psycho-social support.

The ASDMA also directed the apartment societies to monitor and restrict any discriminatory practice that may hurt the self-esteem of the individual asked to go into quarantine.

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