Punjab Health and Family Welfare issues advisory on maintaining and ensuring the safety of food and other essential household items during the COVID-19 pandemic

May 20, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Punjab Health and Family Welfare issues advisory on maintaining and ensuring the safety of food and other essential household items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, a need has been felt to specifically issue the guidelines for the shops selling groceries, cooked food etc. as to allay the apprehensions in the minds of customers on how to handle such essential commodities as also to create awareness amongst the owners in handling food in the context of COVID-19.

The Guidelines include:

 General advisory regarding social distancing; customers or delivery staff will wear masks; not to shake hands; sanitized vehicles, shops extra and wash hand frequently; shop-owners, customers and the delivery staff should not smoke or chew tobacco etc.

 Specific Advisory for the consumers/customers: Consumers to advised to carry cloth bags of their own; wash all the products/goods with warm soda water and then wipe them with a clean cloth; not to keep any spoiled food in the refrigerators; encouraged to use digital payment methods; not to leave any cooked/ready-to-eat food items in open

 Specific Advisory for the food handlers: Food handlers should wear a clean uniform, gloves, cloth masks/face cover, and head covers at all times; maintain social distancing; frequently wash their hands with soap and water; avoid wearing jewellery, watches etc; to clean and disinfect the food service area.

 Specific Advisory for Food Delivery staff: to use a clean cloth mask at all times; disinfect the area where the food packets are kept; use a hand sanitizer; avoid contact with common touch points; customers should be encouraged to pay digitally.

 Air-conditioning: All the retail outlets, shops, canteens etc. should have adequate facilities for cross-ventilation in the premises; Exhaust fans should be installed.   


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