MoHFW issues guidelines for prevention of transmission and disinfection of hotels and lodging facility with COVID-19 suspects

May 18, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has issued guidelines for prevention of transmission and disinfection of hotels and lodging facility where COVID-19 cases were held in suspected and confirmed circumstances. The objective of these guidelines is to provide interim guidance about the environmental cleaning and decontamination in hotels and loading facility.

The guidelines are as follows: - 

1. Hotel Reception staff should be well versed in hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and protocols to be followed if a guest develops symptoms. 

2. All data is to be collected if guests have resided in or history of travel to an affected area or contact with a known case in the past 14 days. 

3. For guest with history of travel to or resided in the affected areas, the guests are suggested to stay in room if they feel unwell, wear a surgical mask and call hotel operator at once for assistance.

4. Handling sick guest with history of travel to resided in the affected areas: 

(a) If the guest is sick and develops any symptoms of COVID-19, then call control room/identified hospital and inform about the condition of sick guest. Also arrange for ambulance and consultation in Emergency Department. 

(b) To take all the safety precautions before seeking medical care. 

5. The premises and potentially contaminated areas should be cleaned before their reuse and using products containing antimicrobial agents. 

6. While carrying out cleaning and disinfection work, staff must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and that the equipment must be sent to the nearest health facility for discarding as an infectious waste.


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