Hotels and other hospitality units in non-containment zones, allowed to reopen from next week, have been directed to maintain social distancing, hygiene, and procedures to minimise physical contact between staff and guests, among others, as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued on Thursday.
All hotels have been directed follow proper protocol and hygiene as per the SOPs and adopt contactless processes like QR code, online forms, digital payments like e-wallet etc. for both check-in and check-out. Luggage should be disinfected before being sent to rooms.
The government stressed that at least 6 feet social distancing will be followed. “All hotels and other hospitality units must take suitable measures to restrict any further transmission of Covid-19 while providing accommodation and other tourist services.”
Guests at higher risk – those who are older, pregnant or have underlying medical conditions – are advised to take extra precautions. Each room is to be disinfected as the guest leaves.
The SOPs aim to minimise all possible physical contacts between staff and guests and maintain social distancing and other preventive safety measures against Covid-19.
The guidelines say that all entrance will have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions and only asymptomatic staff and guests will be allowed entry, only if using face cover/masks which have to be worn at all times inside the hotel.
The other measures to be adopted are frequent hand washing with soap even when hands are not visibly dirty, and use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, wherever feasible.
“Respiratory etiquette to be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly,” the guidelines said.
The hotels will encourage room service and takeaways instead of dine-in and the kitchens should properly be sanitised regularly.
For the restaurants, seating arrangement to be made in such a way that adequate social distancing is maintained. Disposable menus are advised to be used and instead of cloth napkins, use of good quality disposable paper napkins is to be encouraged. Regular checkup of staff has been made mandatory.
All are urged to undertake self-monitoring of health and report any illness at the earliest with the state and district helpline. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited nd installation and use of Aarogya Setu app has been advised.
The government guidelines also said that persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes, and hotel management will take care of this.
With the worst surge of 9,304 cases in a day so far, the total tally of coronavirus cases in India mounted to 2,16,919, a Health Ministry data revealed on Thursday.
Of the total cases 1,06,737 are active, while 1,04,107 persons have been cured and discharged from the hospitals.
A total of 260 people died since Wednesday, taking the death toll to 6,075.
The recovery rate of COVID cases is now 47.99 per cent, while the death rate docked at 2.8 per cent. India continued to be the seventh worst-hit country from the pandemic inching towards Italy’s corona tally.
The COVID-19 cases remained unabated in Maharashtra with a total of 74,860 reported so far, followed by Tamil Nadu with 25,872, Delhi 23,645 cases and Gujarat with 18,100.
Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths from the disease, at least 2,587, followed by 1,122 in Gujarat and 606 in Delhi.
States that have reported more than 5,000 cases are Rajasthan (9,652), Uttar Pradesh (8,729), Madhya Pradesh (8,588) and West Bengal (6,508). Other major states that reported a significant number of cases are Bihar (4,390), Andhra Pradesh (4,080), Haryana (2,954), Jammu and Kashmir (2,857), Karnataka (4,063), Odisha (2,388), Punjab (2,376), Telangana (3,020) and Uttarakhand (1,085).
The total number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 6.4 million, while the death toll has topped 385,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,429,453, while the death toll increased to 385,873, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
With 1,851,530 confirmed cases and 107,148 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE. In terms of cases, Brazil comes in second place with 584,016 infections. This was followed by Russia (431,715), the UK (281,270), Spain (240,326), Italy (233,836), Germany (184,121), Peru (178,914), Turkey (166,422), Iran (160,696), France (114,400), Chile (113,628) and Mexico (101,238), the CSSE figures showed. Regarding the fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 39,811 COVID-19 deaths, which also account for the highest fatalities in Europe. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (33,601), Brazil (32,548), France (29,024), Spain (27,128) and Mexico (11,729).