Looking for COVID guidelines for resident welfare associations (RAW)? Here are the pointers from RAW SOP
Though the lockdown in Karnataka has opened up considerably, the number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus is still increasing. In light of this, the Karnataka State Government has issued a list of guidelines for Resident Welfare Associations.
General COVID Guidelines For Resident Welfare Associations
- Gathering of people for birthday parties, kitty parties, festivals, social events, etc. should not be allowed.
- Guests and visitors entering the society should have their temperature taken before being permitted to enter. If their body temperature is higher than 99.5˚F or if they exhibit flu-like symptoms such as a cough, cold, headache or throat pain, they should be referred to the nearest fever clinic. They may also call the Apthamitra helpline at 14410.
- Physical distancing must be monitored through the use of CCTV cameras at building entrances and common areas
- Residents, visitors and guests must maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between themselves
- Residents must wear face masks when outside their homes.
- Sanitizers or hand wash facilities must be provided at all entrances and exits
- Residents should be encouraged to use the stairs instead of elevators
- Elevators, railings and other surfaces that may be touched by residents should be sanitized with a 1% sodium hypochlorite solution.
- Facilities like parks may be used as long as physical distancing is maintained.
- Swimming pools, gyms, and other club facilities shall be permitted only after guidelines are issued by the state government.
COVID Guidelines For Resident Welfare Associations – Responsibility An RWA
- The Resident Welfare Associations must ensure that individuals who have been advised to stay in home quarantine stay indoors and do not move around the society
- Information about individuals who have been advised to stay in home quarantine must be shared with local health authorities.
- Material released about precautions and care for CoVID-19 should be printed and displayed for residents.
- Common areas and washrooms should be regularly disinfected.
COVID Guidelines For Resident Welfare Associations – Guidelines For Residents
- Always wear a mask when stepping outside your home
- Wash your hands frequently and do not unnecessarily touch anything in the common areas.
- Practice physical distancing and cough etiquette.
- Avoid face to face contact as far as possible and keep in touch with others through phone or video calls.
- If you have a maid/helper, encourage them to wear face masks and practice good hygiene.
- If the maid/helper develops fever/cough/cold or any other symptoms of COVID-19 advise them to visit the nearest health facility and do not allow them to work in your home until completely recovered.
- If you have travelled outside the city or come in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, inform the RWA or concerned health authorities and subject yourself to 14 days of home quarantine.
- If you know about anyone else in the society who have travelled recently or come in contact with a confirmed cOVID-19 case, inform the health authorities about the same.
- Do not discriminate against residents in home quarantine
- Refrain from unnecessary travel
- Discourage children from playing outside in groups
- Children below the age of 10 years and elderly people over the age of 60 years should stay indoors.
- If you or anyone in the family falls sick, seek timely medical aid.
- Educate children on physical distancing, cough etiquette and how to wash their hands
- Identify caregivers for elderly dependents
Actions To Be Taken If A Resident Is Diagnosed With COVID-19
- Residents who develop symptoms of COVID-19 should be isolated from others. If they share their home with others, they should isolate themselves in a room with good ventilation and an attached bathroom.
- Symptomatic residents must avoid contact with other residents and surfaces in common areas
- Only use disposable tissues when sneezing or coughing and immediately throw the used tissue away in a covered bin.
- Co-ordinate with district health authorities to track other people you may have come in contact with.
- All people who have come in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases must stay-at-home.
- There is no need to seal the apartment complex but common areas must be regularly disinfected with a 1% sodium hypochlorite solution.
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