SRINAGAR: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Wednesday said the district administration is organising capacity building programmes to train the staffers of gymnasiums, sports clubs and restaurants about guidelines and precautions that need following to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He said the focus of the capacity building programmes will be training of service delivery staff for COVID containment SOPs, testing of key staffers and importance of adoption and strict adherence to social distancing among other norms and measures.
The DC said this while speaking at a series of meetings convened Wednesday with associations of health clubs and restaurants of the district and officials of Youth Services & Sports department, Sport Council, Golf Club, and Parks and Gardens.
It should be noted that the health and sports clubs in the district have been asked to ensure proper sanitization of premises, adopting SOPs as notified, training of staff and mandatory testing of key service personnel during the next one week.
The meetings were informed that the district administration is organising a capacity building programme for key staffers of health and sports clubs before permitting their reopening.
It was informed that a team from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine GMC Srinagar in collaboration with the District Disaster Management Authority Srinagar has devised SOPs to be adopted by health clubs, sports stadia and other such places.
Meanwhile the Tourism and Floriculture departments have been asked to carry out maintenance operations of parks and gardens, training of management staff and devising SOP for management of parks and gardens in line with the COVID containment requirements.
The plan for fixed timing, online entry tickets and other options were also discussed in the meeting. It is notable that parks, gardens, gymnasiums and sports stadia have been closed since outbreak of COVID-19 in the district. The concerned departments and owners and managements were asked to utilise this time for putting necessary arrangements for social distancing, sanitisation and hygiene in place as per notified SOPs.
In the meeting with the restaurant association it was informed that a compulsory training of service delivery staff and their mandatory testing will be done and completed by the weekend adding that only the home delivery service will be allowed – whenever that is – to start with. The restaurant association assured of incorporating all norms as per notified SOP required to be put in place.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Shahid also emphasised the significance of reaching to the people to make them aware about the crucial importance of ensuring that social distancing and other relevant guidelines are adopted and adhered to in letter and spirit.
ADC Sajjad Qadri, JD Planning M Yaseen Lone and other officers were also present in the meeting.