The coronavirus pandemic has effectively changed all major aspects of our lives in the past few months, the joys of eating out certainly being one of them. And while the restaurants might soon open under Unlock 1.0, a general sense of apprehension prevails. As the number of coronavirus cases in India soars by the day, the idea of going out, sitting in a restaurant, touching surfaces, and eating food that must have passed a number of hands still remains to be an intimidating one. That said, the idea of all these restaurants and eating joints opening up soon does spark a sense of joy for so many and can perhaps bring out a change that we all want, given that all the rules and protocols are followed.
A new set of rules and guidelines has been issued from the government for the owners and patrons preparing for the re-opening of restaurants from Monday onwards. It has already been established by the centre that only the restaurants and eateries that do not fall in the containment zone are allowed to open right now.
Intrigued to find out how the experience of eating out would change now? Here are the government guidelines that'll help you with a perspective:
a. Restaurants need to immediately inform the nearest medical facility or call the state or district helpline for coronavirus assistance.
b. Place the ill person in a room or area where they would be isolated from others.
c. Provide a mask/face cover to the suspect until medical help arrives and they get examined by a doctor.
d. A risk assessment will be undertaken by the designated public health authority (district RRT/treating physician) and accordingly, further action to be initiated regarding the management of the case, his/her contacts, and the need for disinfection.
e. Disinfection of the premises mandatory in case the person is found positive.
While these sound like a lot of rules and guidelines, the lack of compulsion in so many of these rules is a matter of worry. Let's just hope that the restaurants duly follow all these guidelines so that this does not end up snowballing into a huge problem.
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