New guidelines issued for hotels in Mumbai, in order to be able to resume 100% operations

Only asymptomatic travellers to be allowed admission in the city hotels, resorts and other lodging facilities.

The Principal Secretary of Tourism released a detailed set of standard operating procedure on Friday through a webinar, for all hotels and lodging services working at absolute capacity in capital Mumbai and other districts. Besides establishments in containment zones, all hotels resorts, home stays, farm stays, etc in rest of the state have been permitted to resume operations at 100% potential during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hotel Operating Guidelines

These state-established guidelines restrict the admission of all travellers that have virus-like symptoms and/or flu, which implies only asymptomatic people would be allowed within the premises. For this purpose, all visitors will have to go through a screening procedure, including a body temperature and cold and cough check-up before they enter the lodging grounds. All travellers that exhibit symptoms of infection and do not have pre-bookings and reservations will not be allowed admission. Hospitality providers should record their contact details and advice them to return, other non-pharmaceutical and precautionary measures like wearing masks, gloves and usage of hand-sanitizers, should be implemented thoroughly.

All travellers need to be provided with a form prior their check in which will record their travel history, health history and status. These forms can sent across via email or WhatsApp at the time of bookings. Visitor's consent should be obtained before sharing these details with the local administration and health authorities, in case a need of contact tracing appears. At the same time, the travellers would be encouraged to use mediums of digital wallets to pay off their dues. Utmost caution has to be exercised if physical currency is being exchanged, the guidelines said.

The guidelines also promote the usage of self check-in through digital QR code scanning of the documents, to diminish personal contact or any human error. In addition to all this, all lodging businesses are expected to draft a list of dos and don't for their guests to ensure maximum safety of visitors and staff alike.

In a first, Western Railway employees in Mumbai & its surrounding areas to work in 2 shifts

WR has already established 2 new offices at Mumbai's Virar and Santacruz area.

Although we're being advised to maintain a distance of 6 feet, Mumbai's crammed public transport paints a different picture. Keeping that in consideration, the Western Railways on Monday, became the first-ever government organization to administer staggered office timings. As per reports, 22,000 railway employees will be working in two shifts- from 8 AM and 2 PM. The authorities are also planning on opening up 2 new offices in a week's time to solve transport issues faced by the staff. This will help in preventing overcrowding problems in its two existing offices at Churchgate and Bombay Central.

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Covid-19 update: Mumbai records highest infection tally in a month!

About 1/3rd of the total Mumbai caseload can be traced to 5 city wards.

The month of September has accounted for the maximum number of cases reported in Mumbai. The city case tally has surged by 53,041 cases since the beginning of September and is expected to clock over the total of 2 lakh infections by the end of the month, with its current count of 1,98,846 COVID cases. Around 1/3rd of the active caseload of 1,62,939 infections have been found in 5 ward belt in North Mumbai from Andheri to Borivali.

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The Health Department of Maharashtra, issued a notification on Thursday that bans the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis in the state. This ban has come in the view that loose cigarettes do not inform the smoker of the consumption and health warning which are otherwise present on cigarette packets.

This notice of public interest has been issued under subsection (2) of section 7 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and commerce Production, supply and Distribution).

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Mumbai's KEM Hospital to start human trial of Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine had previously been halted for a while.

KEM Hospital in Mumbai's Parel area, which is a government-run facility, will start off with the human trials of Oxford University's Covishield vaccine on Saturday. This will be a first, in the city and the vaccine will be doled out to 3 people for a start, as mentioned by the KEM Dean. The minimum age for volunteers is set at 18 and these volunteers should be healthy adults with no co-morbidities and they must not have contracted COVID-19 before. There is no upper age limit.

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Local train services in Mumbai increased by the Central Railway, from today

The new provisions are distributed over different destinations on both mainline and harbour line routes.

In an effort to minimize overcrowding in locals trains during this pandemic, the Central Railway has set 68 additional special suburban local trains in motion, in Mumbai. At the moment, the aforementioned department operates 355 local trains and this new move is intended towards making the commute easier for the essential services staff. The new provisions are distributed over different destinations on both mainline and harbour line routes.

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