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(Friday), the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing announced the details of updated health protocols for wedding halls, events and breaks, in cooperation with the Public Health Authority “Weqaya”.
The ministry showed these details through a set of headlines, which included: “prevention requirements, facilities environment, physical distancing, symptom control and reporting, awareness, and implementation mechanism.”
Prevention requirements and facilities environment
It included that all wedding halls and events and the like must use the Tawakkalna program to manage gatherings, by providing the barcode sticker for Tawakkalna at the entry and exit gates, and making sure that the attendees – with the exception of workers – scan the barcode for entry and exit.
Also, no person is allowed to enter unless he is fully immunized “two doses”, and that the situation in the application of our trust is “immune”, and attendance and workers in wedding halls must wear masks at all times, and workers in the reception area must disinfect hands with an alcohol disinfectant when Handling of clients’ personal items.
Cabinets for keeping personal belongings must also be periodically disinfected, and a storage box for each person or family is allocated, while women’s decorating service is allowed in wedding halls, with a commitment to applying the protocol of women’s beauty salons, with a commitment to disinfect surfaces every day or before and after each use of the hall, with Focus on the places where there is a lot of potential for contact and waiting places, as well as door handles, dining tables, seat cushions, elevator keys, etc.
Dirt must also be removed with soap and water before the disinfection process, and for disinfection, disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite compounds are used, and the instructions shown on the product in terms of concentration and method of use, taking care to disinfect toilets and bathrooms periodically, and following the detailed instructions in the practical guide for cleaning and disinfection of public facilities. To combat Covid-19 infection, issued by “Weqaya”
A special record must be kept of disinfection times for surfaces and toilets, and hand sanitizers must be distributed and placed in prominent places, taking care of good ventilation at all times, and the need to change or clean air filters for ventilation devices, especially air conditioners, periodically.
The requirements also included the provision of single-use utensils and cups for eating and drinking, whereby hospitality services such as serving tea and coffee and placing them on the designated tables are allowed with the obligation to wear masks and gloves, provided that the places designated for food in the halls apply all procedures of restaurant protocols with regard to the application of health requirements, as well. The halls in hotels and furnished apartments apply all the procedures of the tourism accommodation facilities protocols, and the halls in the restrooms apply the procedures of the entertainment venues protocols.
The authority stressed that clear signs or posters should be placed to stand on the floors, in waiting areas and at the buffet, in order to assist in the process of social distancing by at least one and a half meters, and tables should be organized in a way that ensures social distancing so that between each table and the other there is a distance of at least one meter. And a half, provided that the capacity of the hall is appropriate to ensure the application of social distancing between tables or chairs for a distance of no less than one and a half meters.
It should also prevent crowding in the area designated for the band and reduce them to a minimum number and ensure adherence to social distancing, and crowding must be prevented when honoring by reducing the number in the honoring platform, preventing handshakes and maintaining social distance, and social distancing must also be ensured between seating places for attendees, such as chairs. And the sofa so that there is a distance of one and a half meters between each chair designated for sitting and the other, while the places designated for sitting must be marked to ensure an empty space of a distance of one and a half meters in the event that the seating places are installed.
Symptom monitoring and reporting
With regard to monitoring symptoms, the authority stressed that attendance should be alerted by informing hall employees when they feel respiratory symptoms or fever, and workers should disclose when they feel respiratory symptoms or fever.
In order to inform, “Weqaya” pointed out that the “Tawakkalna” application should be used to verify the health status of individuals “workers and guests” with regard to Covid-19 disease, and accordingly, it must be prevented from the presence of any person with a positive condition, or contacts with a positive case or those who are in Institutional or home quarantine period as indicated in the application.
A check point must also be established at the main entrance to the halls to check the health status of all attendees before entering the hall, and to report a case that has a high temperature or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) and is suspected of having Covid-19 disease, and identify the data and case contact numbers.
the event that a confirmed case is registered among a worker; The instructions contained in the guide for dealing with suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 disease in the workplace and issued by the authority must be applied, and a specific place must be prepared to isolate suspected cases from attendance if necessary until the case is transferred or left the hall, and an isolation room must be prepared. For suspected cases in the residence of the workers, in order to isolate them there until the competent authorities contact him.
The authority stressed the publication of awareness posters at all entrances to the halls and prominent places, provided that they also include the invitation card sent to attend, which should include the following: ways of spreading and preventing disease, raising awareness about washing hands, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth before washing hands, and urging attention to care. Personal and health care, sneeze and cough etiquette, use tissues and dispose of them as soon as possible.
Awareness posters should also include urging the use of the facility by bending the arm, spreading the culture of using alcohol-based hand sanitizer packages correctly among workers, and urging people at risk of complications from Covid-19, such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases and groups excluded from taking the vaccine for health reasons, not to attend the halls Weddings, and raising awareness about reducing the reception staff’s dealings with the personal items of the attendees, such as gowns and others, and directing the attendees to place personal items in the designated places without being touched by others.
It includes setting up a board that includes a statement of the violating acts and the method for reporting them, establishing communication channels to report any violation of the requirements and reporting violations in order to avoid them, appointing a person responsible for that, training officials at the checkpoints on cases of applying our trust, and appointing supervisors to ensure that the requirements are applied. and instructions.
Those responsible for licensing wedding halls must also ensure the application of health requirements by the attendees and take a pledge on them, where the person inviting to attend pledges to abide by the application of health requirements.
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