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DGHS issues technical guidelines on reopening social, financial institutions

  • Published at 07:06 pm May 8th, 2020
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The technical guidelines have been published on the DGHS website

Following the government announcement on easing the lockdown and allowing some businesses to reopen, the Directorate General and Health Services has issued technical guidelines with the aim of minimizing the risk of Covid-19 spreading with the reopening.

The technical guidelines have been published on the DGHS website.  

According to a DGHS official, the guideline covers almost all social and financial activities including businesses, educational institutions, public transportation, and passenger flight services.

The guideline does not say when the workplaces or institutions will be reopened, but includes measures institutions and organizations have to follow to minimize the  risk of spreading coronavirus.

The guideline gives specific directions in fifty sections under three chapters.

The first chapter, with 20 sections, covers establishments such as residential houses, office spaces, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, saloons, private vehicles, and also vehicles used for carrying people returning from abroad.

The second chapter, with 14 sections, focuses on social organizations including communities, schools and colleges, government offices, construction, industry, jail, rehabilitation centres, and more.    

The third chapter, with 16 sections, includes information for specific demographics such as elder citizens, pregnant women, students, patients and their relatives, company staff members, courier services, and security guards.

Basic guidelines    

The guideline has made it clear that every person who is going outdoors has to use face masks. Companies have to establish health monitoring systems to ensure employees are taking protective measures. 

Employees should be provided with face masks, hand sanitizer, and thermometers (if public movement is high in the place concerned).

Everyone must maintain personal hygiene and strictly follow social distancing.

The guidelines also ask the office management to determine risk areas and disinfect as much as possible. Points of frequent contact such as entry points and door handles should be disinfected equally frequently.

All offices should have protective equipment and a specific place for disposal. All staff members must be trained on how to use the equipment correctly and how to dispose of it.  


According to the guidelines, bus, and railway stations need to keep protective equipment such as masks and disinfectants, as well as screen all passengers for high temperatures at entry points.

The authorities concerned need to keep buses and trains clean and disinfect them regularly, especially after every round of trips.

The stations should be clean and disinfected at regular intervals.

As per the guidelines, a specific place should be set up at bus stations and all passengers must be screened by an infrared thermometer there. If any of the passengers has a high temperature, he should be sent to a temporary quarantine centre established at bus stations.  

Similar instructions have also been given to educational institutions.

In places such as markets, shopping malls and saloons, everyone has to wear masks, there needs to be a specific disposal space, and customer access should be limited, especially at restaurants. Sit-in services should be limited as much as possible.

 All business institutions and other establishments also have to follow these guidelines.

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