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COVID-19 preventive measures enhanced in shopping centres, tourist areas

Update: February, 25/2020 - 07:30


Shoppers are recommended to wear masks in supermarkets. Photo

HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Health has issued recommendations on how to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic in shopping centres, supermarkets, parks and tourist areas.

The letter was released as the epidemic continues to spread around the world.

Employers and managers at these destinations must ensure all areas are disinfected once a day.

Staff working at shopping centres, supermarkets, parks and tourist areas will also have their temperatures taken.

If anyone shows symptoms of fever, a cough or shortness of breath, they must notify their managers and self-monitor at home after seeking advice from health facilities.

Suspected cases will not be allowed back to work until they are given the all-clear.

Staff who have direct contact with customers such as salespeople are required to wear masks and limit contact during working hours.

Regular hand washing is also stipulated.

Visitors have also been given similar instructions about wearing masks, washing hands and covering their noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing.

The Ministry of Health has also given instructions to disinfection in the service areas.

Floors, walls, furniture, kiosks, children's play areas and toilets must be disinfected every day.

Doors, knobs, banisters, elevator buttons and handrails must be disinfected at least four times a day.

Ventilation in rooms, sale booths and play areas in shopping centres and supermarkets must be enhanced by opening doors and windows and restricting the use of air conditioners.

Waste must be collected and treated daily.

Managers in these areas must be supplied with masks, disinfectant, clean water and dustbins, while ensuring food safety and hygiene.

Employers are responsible for informing their staff about these measures.

In suspected cases, patients should be isolated immediately and local health authorities should be informed via hotlines 19003228 or 19009095.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, shopping centres, supermarkets and tourist areas have been welcoming fewer clients and visitors. – VNS


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