Getting India Safely Back to Business
Business Reopening Checklists
Published August 4th, 2020
The State of Reopening India
On the 30th of May 2020, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued guidelines on how India will undergo a phased reopening of its economy and establishments. Governed by standard operating procedures listed in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) guidelines, here is how India’s reopening plan looks like:
Phase 1/Unlock 1
Effective on the 8th of June 2020, the activities of religious places/public places of worship, hospitality services, restaurants, and shopping malls are allowed to resume with social distancing measures in place.
Phase 2/Unlock 2
Announced on the 29th of June, Phase 2 of India’s reopening begins on July 1 and features the following guidelines:
- Schools, colleges, universities, and other educational/training/coaching institutions shall remain closed until July 31. However, training institutions from the Central and State Governments are allowed to function starting 15 July 2020.
- The reopening of domestic and international flights and passenger trains will be further expanded.
- Metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, auditoriums, bars, and theatres shall remain closed.
- Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions and other mass congregations are also not yet allowed to resume.
Phase 3/Unlock 3
The MHA has issued guidelines for ‘Unlock 3’ which comes into effect from August 1 until August 31. The said guidelines allow yoga institutes and gymnasiums to reopen, but continue to bar schools, colleges, theatres, swimming pools, metro rail, cinema halls and bars from reopening. Social, political, religious, sports and entertainment functions and other large congregations will also not be allowed.
Reopening Guidance for Indian Businesses
How business leaders in India effectively implement MHA, MoHFW, and other industry-specific safety guidelines will play an important role in determining how India’s economy can gradually pick-up again and how coronavirus numbers in India can be controlled. As India-based businesses and organizations reopen amid an evolving situation, discipline, communication ,and coordination will all be vital in order to protect the health and safety of their employees and the general public.
The iAuditor by SafetyCulture platform helps Indian businesses update and distribute their best practices rapidly, with real-time visibility into effectiveness across their sites. To make it easier for you and your people to safely get back to business, we’ve curated expert guidance and checklist templates from the MHA, MoHFW, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), and other industry associations.
Guidance & Checklist Templates for Business Reopening in India
To help offices and other workplaces prevent COVID-19 infection among officials, staff, and visitors, the Government of India has provided guidance on preventive measures and disinfection procedures to be implemented in case of occurrence of a suspected/confirmed case.
Facility managers of offices and workplaces across India can use this iAuditor by SafetyCulture checklist based on the MoHFW guidelines for reopening workplaces to ensure strict implementation of safe return to work procedures. Use this checklist to run regular inspections of your facilities and guarantee compliance with the MoHFW guidelines.
Retail (Shopping Malls)
As part of India’s Phase 1 reopening, retail operations of shopping malls outside the containment zones are allowed to reopen their doors to the public. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, shopping malls are advised to consult the MoHFW guidelines on reopening.
To help shopping mall operations managers and employees in India continue to maintain strict implementation of mall reopening guidelines, you can use the following MoHFW guidelines-based checklist template you can download for free and use with iAuditor by SafetyCulture:
All hotels and other hospitality units in India must take suitable measures to restrict any further transmission of COVID-19 while providing accommodation and other tourist services. To help them reopen safely, the Government of India has then provided SOP for businesses in the hospitality industry (outside the containment zones) to minimize all possible physical contacts between Staff and Guests and maintain social distancing and other preventive and safety measures against COVID-19.
To help businesses of India’s hospitality industry reopen safely, use the following MoHFW guidelines-based checklists which contain precautionary measures specific to the activities and operations in the industry:
Restaurants, along with shopping malls and places of worship, are part of the establishments that are allowed to reopen under Phase 1 of India’s reopening. The MoHFW and the FSSAI have then published reopening guidelines and protocols to help food businesses prevent exposure to or transmission of the virus through social distancing protocols, Good Hygiene Practices (GHP), and other preventative measures.
To help restaurants that are outside the containment zones, restaurant managers in India can use the following digital checklists to help monitor the strict implementation of the guidelines and ensure food safety and hygiene in their establishments:
The Producers Guild of India (PGI) has released a set of reopening guidelines to be implemented when filming resumes in India. Among the protocols are regular hand-washing, the use of three-ply masks and social distancing as well as training and daily drills to ensure precautions “become a habit.”
When film production activities are allowed to resume in India, members of the filming crew can use this customisable checklist based from PGI’s guidelines on reopening to help protect the health and safety of the crew through proper filming protocols:
The MoHFW has issued guidelines for international arrivals through the Major Ports of India. These set of guidelines aim to help port managers properly implement the necessary protocols to prevent COVID-19 infection in their ports before the the resumption of international travel in India.
To help Indian port managers effectively implement preventative measures,they can use the following digital checklists to help monitor the strict implementation of the guidelines and protect the health and safety of international travellers:
Cinema halls in India have not been in operation since the lockdown in March. They are only bound for reopening when the start of India’s reopening plan Phase 3 has been decided. To help prepare cinema halls for their eventual reopening, the Multiplex Association of India (MAI), under the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, has released a safety plan that can help cinema halls across India safely reopen their doors to the public.
When Phase 3 is underway and cinema halls in India are allowed to reopen, operations managers can use this checklist based from the Multiplex Association of India’s (MAI) safety plan to help them implement proper COVID-19 prevention measures and give guests the peace of mind when they return to the cinema halls: