Guidelines For Gated Residential Complexes With Regards To COVID-19

MoHFw has issued guidelines for preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in gated residential complexes. The following is a summary of the guidelines.

General measures to prevent COVID-19

  • Maintain physical distance of a minimum of 6 feet.
  • Mandatorily use face covers and masks.
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizer or frequently wash hands with soap for at least 40 to 60 seconds.
  • Cover mouth and face while sneezing and coughing.
  • People above the age of 65 years, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years should stay at home only and should come in contact with visitors and guests to a certain extent.

Measures to prevent COVID-19 for gated residential complex

  • Sanitizer dispensers must be installed at every entry point and in work areas.
  • Thermal screening must be done at all entry points of visitors and staff members.
  • Physical distance of at least 6 feet should be maintained.
  • People should avoid large accommodations, prayer meetings, parties, etc.
  • Seating arrangement in common areas like parks should be done according to the social distancing norms.
  • A limit should be set for the number of people in elevators.
  • Common facilities and every part that comes in human contact should be frequently sanitized.

In the occurrence of a case(s), the following measures should be taken:

  • Counselling, guidance, and support should be provided to Covid-19 affected individuals and families.
    In such households that do not have a family to take care of the affected, special attention should be given to them.
  • The designated public health authority will undertake a risk assessment and shall advise for managing the case accordingly.
  • Social support and prevention of stigmatization of those under home Quarantine or isolation should be done.

If the gated complex is declared as a containment zone, the following actions should be undertaken:

  • Healthcare workers will conduct a house to house search.
  • It shall be ensured that all houses are daily surveillance.
  • The suspected will be shifted to the nearest COVID treatment facility.
  • Residential welfare associations and societies should provide volunteers to support and maintain essential services.

For the full text of the guidelines, click here.

Prevention of COVID-19

The following are basic hygiene practices that are recommended in different work, travel and household settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Teach your house help about COVID 19: What the virus is, how it spreads and the precaution to be taken.
  •  S/he should sanitise properly before  entering the house. Keep soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer (with at least 70% alcohol) handy at the entrance. 
  •  S/he should wear face mask at all times.
  • Ask him/her to wash their hand / sanitise every time you send them out for essential items.
  • When they are sent to buy essential items they should wear proper masks, plastic washable slippers, and a sanitizer (to use in case if she/he touches anything suspicious in the market/shop.
  • Instruct the house help to maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Try to keep away the material from your body when carrying from market. It is better to have a plastic basket/bucket with you when going to the market. Put the material in bucket and carry it to your home.
  • Tender exact money for the products purchased so that one can avoid getting the change back from the shopkeeper.
  • If you have a full-time house help, ask him/her to wash her/his hand thoroughly and frequently with soap and running water throughout the day.
  • Maintain physical distancing (6 feet) with domestic help. Don’t stay close to him/her at the time for giving instructions.
  • If s/he shows any symptom(s) of COVID-19, s/he should be asked to isolate/home quarantine.
  • If s/he shows any symptom ofCOVID-19, s/he should be taken for testing and medical check-up immediately. Provide him/her with necessary support for getting medical help immediately.

Source: NDMA