| Pune |
November 24, 2020 11:05:49 pm
Involved over the rising Covid positivity fee within the metropolis, the Pune Municipal Company (PMC) has determined to crack down on eating places and malls over violation of pointers issued to examine the unfold of the pandemic.
“There have been a lot of complaints that eating joints and malls are not following guidelines…The civic body has issued standard operating procedures (SoP) for them, but rules are being violated. Thus, the PMC has set up squads to make surprise visits to these places and seal them if violations are noticed,” mentioned Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar.
Kumar mentioned there are 15 squads, one every for 15 ward places of work, and that they might begin visiting all eateries and malls within the metropolis.
Frequent SoPs for eateries and malls embrace frequent sanitising of the premises, guaranteeing necessary use of masks by workers and clients, and screening everybody earlier than permitting entry utilizing thermal scanning and oxymetres.
Eateries have been issued extra pointers to alter seating preparations to make sure ample gaps between tables, together with sanitising steadily, guaranteeing cleanliness within the kitchen, and ample air flow within the premises.
The SoP for malls additionally consists of guaranteeing correct air flow, along with banning using altering rooms, discouraging clients from steadily touching items, and never permitting crowding inside the premises.
Earlier, the PMC had undertaken a drive in opposition to shopkeepers after they had been permitted to open shops. The civic administration penalised retailer house owners discovered violating pointers.
The civic administration just lately additionally closed the Sarasbaug backyard after folks had been discovered violating pointers which said that no entry could be given to senior residents and youngsters beneath the age of 10, and that sitting and gathering weren’t allowed within the space, which is barely meant for jogging and strolling. The civic physique had been warning residents that the backyard would shut if guidelines weren’t adopted.
Since final week, the PMC has been witnessed a surge in Covid-19 instances, with the positivity fee reaching 14 per cent submit Diwali. The energetic case rely on Tuesday crossed the 5,000 mark, after it had dropped near 4,000 on November 17.
In the meantime, the civic administration has been finalising the mechanism to implement the brand new state authorities pointers for these getting into Maharashtra from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa. The federal government has made it necessary for folks coming in from these states to endeavor Covid-19 checks earlier than arriving, or to take them at entry factors like airports and railway stations. “A meeting with Pune Airport officials and Railway officials was held to discuss how to implement these guidelines,” Kumar mentioned.
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