Published On: Sun, May 17th, 2020

Lockdown 4.0: Allow ‘work from home’ as far as possible, says MHA

New Delhi: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday ordered the states and central ministries/departments to follow the practice of work from home, as far as possible during the lockdown period, which has been extended till May 31.

Two people work from home during the outbreak of coronavirus disease.

New guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in lockdown restrictions,” the ministry said in a tweet accompanying the order.

The ministry permitted for the functioning of offices/workplaces across the nation but asked to allow employees to ‘work from home’ as far as possible.

The MHA guidelines on how workplaces/offices are to operate till 31 May as mentioned below.

  1. As far as possible, the practice of work from home should be followed.

  2. Staggering of work/business hours shall be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.

  3. Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitiser must be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.

  4. With a view to ensure safety in offices and workplaces, employers must ensure Arogya Setu app is installed by all employees having compatible mobile phones.

  5. Frequent sanitisation of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact, like door handles, shall be ensured, including between shifts.

  6. All persons in charge of workplaces shall ensure social distancing through adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff.

  7. District authorities have been asked to advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones & regularly update their health status on the app. This will facilitate timely provision of medical attention to those individuals who are at risk

However, the ministry has not mentioned clearly about the strength at offices/workplaces but the previous order in this regard to be followed in the offices/workplaces.


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