Security at a containment zone (File photo)
MUMBAI: The BMC on Monday revised the protocol for sealing buildings, saying an entire housing society or highrise need not be barricaded if a resident tests positive for Covid-19. Instead, BMC officials can decide on sealing the particular floor depending on ground situations.
“A low-rise building with a single staircase has to be fully locked down, but highrises would need to lock down floors rather than the entire building. Application of mind is expected,” said a senior BMC official.
This is the third tweak in the containment zone policy. In April, BMC had decided that if a case is reported in a large colony, only the specific building should be sealed. Last week, new civic chief I S Chahal ordered clubbing together small, nearby containment zones to free up and streamline the manpower needed to monitor them. As a result, the number of containment zones dropped significantly in the city. On Monday, there were 674 containment zones and 1,767 sealed buildings.
It has been decided that once a case is found in a highrise, the house of the patient and common areas will be sanitised and, in consultation with the society, the sealed area will be delineated. The society will be briefed on the containment measures, and will be expected to implement certain steps.
Hsg soc must enforce containment rules
The affected housing society will be expected to implement containment measures like restricting entry of maids, vendors or service providers to the sealed area, and tying up with local vendors and medical stores to deliver essentials to those in strict lockdown and home-quarantined asymptomatic patients, if any. Security would be deployed, if necessary.
The positive symptomatic patient will be shifted to a dedicated Covid care centre, either a private or public facility, according to the availability of beds and the patient’s choice. The contacts of positive patients can be quarantined at home, depending on availability of space and toilets. Asymptomatic patients will be asked to stay in home quarantine if adequate facility is available.
The BMC health staff will stay in contact with home-quarantined asymptomatic patients and high-risk contacts, while members of the society must ensure containment precautions are followed, alongside wearing of masks and social distancing rules. Disinfection of the patient’s house and common areas, like lifts, staircases, can be done by a private agency or the BMC.