Consumers, traders asked to follow business SOPs against COVID-19

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From Business Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services yesterday asked the customers, retailers and traders to strictly follow SOPs related with the business activities to assure safe and healthful working conditions to reduce the impact of COVID-19 spread. According to an official of Ministry of National Health Services, the government has allowed necessary small and large businesses to meet the public needs with condition to implement the concerned SOPs prepared for store owners, managers and general public or customers. He said that all concerned business owners and employees in industries should enforce these SOPs and asked the shopkeepers at various markers of federal capital to ensure social distancing to avoid spread of COVID-19. He said while adopting protective measures at stores, the owners and managers of businesses can prevent the spread of infection among the staff and customers, while ensuring the supply of essential goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that as per SOPs, the staff should wash hands with soap and water frequently or use an alcohol-based (70%) hand sanitizer besides ensuring the availability of hand sanitizer at the store entrance for the customers. The official said that it was necessary for shop owners to make sure each customer sanitizes his hand before entering the store and while leaving. It was also mandatory for having thermal guns at entrance and allow customers only after checking temperature.

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