It is recommended that all those who attend the gathering be tested at least 24 hours before attending the gathering.
Any family event, including a funeral procession, should not have more than ten members in attendance, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Friday.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP), and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) on Friday announced a set of safety guidelines to be followed when organising any social event in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In a series of tweets NCEMA posted on its official twitter handle, the authority stated that a family event can have a maximum of ten people in attendance and the entry should be restricted to only first-degree relatives. It added that it is recommended that all those who attend the gathering be tested at least 24 hours before attending the gathering.
The authority also warned against having any buffet system at gatherings and advised the use of disposable plates and cups. It also added that surfaces at such places must be disinfected regularly.
Emphasising on the importance of ensuring the highest standards of prevention followed, NCEMA said it will closely monitor any social events and take strict action against those who violate the safety protocols.
Some of the important safety measures to be followed at any social event includes social distancing, leaving a gap of at least two meters between each person, checking if anyone shows symptoms of Covid-19 and warning such person to not attend any gathering; and having the arrangement of an isolation room in case of a suspected case of Covid-19.
Apart from stressing about the importance of creating awareness on the etiquettes of sneezing and coughing and washing hands, NCEMA also urged people with chronic diseases and the elderly not to attend any gathering.
Safety measures at funerals
Specifically pointing out safety measures to be followed during funerals, NCEMA stated that it is compulsory for the workers at graveyards to wear masks and to disinfect the tools used before and after the completion of the burial of the deceased. It also stressed on washing hands and using disinfectants that contain at least 60-80% of alcohol in the absence of water.
NCEMA also announced that the number of people attending any funeral must also not exceed 10 and also reduced the number of people responsible for digging the grave to two; and stated that the number of funeral bearers can be between 4 and 8 people maximum.
“Cemetery workers must disclose any respiratory symptoms and avoid attending the funeral if they show any symptoms of the virus. Awareness posters related to Covid-19 will be placed on the cemetery gate to educate relatives of the deceased about the preventive measures,” NCEMA tweeted.
The authority also said that supervisors from the competent authorities must be present to ensure that health requirements are not violated at graveyards, and that security personnel are present to prevent overcrowding and to see the number of attendees should not exceed 10 in number.
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