Owners of more than 250 businesses that have been approved for reopening are going above and beyond government’s recommendations to implement hand hygiene, social distancing and other safety measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) locally.
Chief Environmental Health Officer Lionel Michael said he has been impressed by the level of cooperation that his department has seen to date.
He said local business owners have complied by erecting signs, turning two-way supermarket aisles into one-way aisles and reducing the number furniture in a room to facilitate social distancing.
“Business owners are taking it very, very seriously and have been taking it very seriously before and after the lockdown. I would say that they have gone beyond the call and have established higher standards than what the government has recommended,” Michael told BVI News.
He added: “The cooperation has been tremendous and encouraging and when we make recommendations to the business owners, they welcomed and accepted the recommendations. I see very good evidence of practice and people are trying their best.”
The environmental health chief further said COVID-19 business inspections have been going on smoothly; adding that his team of inspectors look for three main things during their assessment.
The first is hand hygiene stations at the entrance of, and throughout the facility as well as cleaning and disinfection of the establishment.
The second is social distancing measures and how they are enforced and encouraged through floor markers, work station separation, and barriers.
The third area is personal protective equipment and its availability in the establishment.
Michael also said his team has been working for long hours during the entire weekend to get the inspections done and thanked them for their dedication.
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