Health department directives for shops and business entities


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The directives were issued after Kerala went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Only essential services have been exempted from the lockdown.

Thiruvananthapuram: The health department has released directives for shops, shopping malls and business entities, minister K. K. Shailaja.

The directives were issued after Kerala went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Only essential services have been exempted from the lockdown.

The lockdown is to prevent people coming out of their homes unnecessarily. However, clear directives on when and how to keep the shops open have been issued to ensure supplies to the public, the minister added.

Considering the situation, all the sellers and customers must strictly adhere to the direction from the health department.

People must not crowd together and maintain proper distance while entering shops and buying items. Shopkeepers must ensure this. Stringent action will be taken against those violating the directives.

Directives for shops and business entities

  • All shops must provide hand facilities for hand sanitisation
  • A distance of one metre must be maintained between staff and customer and between customers
  • Ensure adequate amounts of hand sanitisers in front of and at counters in shops. Ensure that both staffs and customers are using it properly
  • Staff at payment counters and employees conducting business transactions must clean hands with sanitisers after each transaction.
  • Maintain hygiene in washrooms. Ensure availability of tissue papers and soap solution. (Do not provide soap)
  • Paste posters showing step-by-step instructions to sanitise hands properly in washing areas
  • Encourage online transactions
  • Each business entity must regularly ensure that their staff does not have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Staff with coronavirus symptoms must not be allowed to enter and stay in the shops
  • If there are people who came from COVID-19 affected areas or those who were in contact with such people inside the business entity, the nearest health organisation must be immediately informed. The business entity must be closed down immediately following the directions of the health department.
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Display phone numbers of DISHA and the district control room
For any queries and information in this regard, contact DISHA helpline number 1056, 0471 2552056.

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