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Wearing masks mandatory in office: Maharashtra government issues guidelines for its employees

The guidelines mention that all employees will be screened through a thermal scanner before entering the office and the visitors will also be screened. The thermal screening is mandatory and there will be a check on the same.

Wearing masks mandatory in office: Maharashtra government issues guidelines for its employees
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Maharashtra government on Sunday released guidelines for employees working in government offices. The detailed guidelines issued by the state government for its employees are to be followed strictly to eliminate the further spread of COVID-19. 

The guidelines mention that all employees will be screened through a thermal scanner before entering the office and the visitors will also be screened. The thermal screening is mandatory and there will be a check on the same. 

“All employees and visitors will be screened through thermal scanner before entering office. It will be checked if screening is being done strictly or not. All employee have to wear 3 ply mask or surgical mask while working in office (sic),” ANI reported. 

The employees working in the government offices have also been instructed to wear face masks while working and the Maharashtra government has given the emphasis on practising social distancing in the workspace. 

The guidelines further asked the employees to refrain from touching their face to avoid COVID-19 infection. Moreover, it said that lifts, tables and chairs will be sanitised thrice a day with sodium hypochlorite while other office equipment like printer, scanner and computer will be sanitised with an alcohol-based sanitiser. 

Windows of the office will be kept open throughout the day for ventilation and employees will have to maintain 3 feet distance from each other in the workspace and seating arrangements will be made accordingly, the guidelines read. 

The Maharashtra government is likely to release the rest of the guidelines by today evening. 

The centre on Saturday announces the guidelines for lockdown 5.0 which begins on June 1. Union Home Ministry said that a complete lockdown will remain till June 30 in contained zones across the country. However, the restrictions imposed in other places will be lifted gradually after the lockdown 4.0 ends on May 31. 

Maharashtra has crossed the 65,000-mark and the number has risen to 65,168. The death toll in the state has reached 2,197. In Mumbai alone, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 38,442. 

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