Truckers travel from various states and often stay in Assam for few days before heading towards their next destination. There were some cases recently discovered in certain districts, where the source of the infection was tracked back to truckers and logistics carriers travelling from outside the state. It implies that strict hygiene and social distancing protocols must be enforced in the shops and establishments, frequently visited by the Truckers and the Logistics Carriers.
Thus, the Assam Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Monday (15th June, 2020), for the operation of various establishments, frequently visited by Truckers and Logistics Carriers.
Truck Parking Stations
A detailed record of all the vehicles entering the parking stations should be shared with the District Administration on a daily basis. The Driver and Handyman should not leave the premises of the parking lot once the vehicle enters. The management of the parking lot should ensure that the requirements of the truckers are procured and provided from the neighbouring shops. The parking lot should have sufficient lighting during the night. There should be proper barricading with controlled entry and exit points both for the vehicles and the pedestrians. Dedicated spaces for the truckers to cook food should be arranged within the parking lot and cooking fuel should be provided if required. It should be ensured that toilet and bathing facilities should be made available for the truckers inside the parking lot and the same, in addition to frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, hand rails, benches, washroom fixtures etc. should frequently be sanitised using 1% Sodium Hypochlorite.
Weigh Bridges, Petrol Pumps
The employees of weigh bridges and petrol pumps should have limited interaction with the truck driver/handyman and should maintain social distance. Seperate toilets should be arranged for the truck driver/handyman, which in addition to the frequently touched surfaces, must be frequently sanitised using 1% Sodium Hypochlorite.
Loading/Unloading Centres, Godowns
The SOPs are similar to those of Truck Parking Stations. In addition to that, the labourers and the employees, working there, should be provided with separate toilet/bathroom facilities. They should have limited interaction with the truck driver/handyman, while maintaining adequate social distance.
A detailed record of all the trucks and long-distance vehicles, entering the Dhabas, should be shared with the District Administration, on a daily basis. Takeaways should be encouraged instead of dine in and there should be NO direct contact, while handing over food packets to the customers. The dhabas must have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitiser dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at the entrance. Only the asymptomatic staffs and patrons should be allowed. The staffs and patrons should be allowed entry into the dhaba, only if they are using face masks or covers, which should be worn at all times inside the restaurant. Staggering of the customers should be done, if possible. The dhaba management should deploy adequate man power to execute social distancing norms. Not more than 50% of the sitting capacity should be permitted inside the dhaba, and that too with proper social distancing. Disposable menus should be used and the tables should be sanitised each time a customer leaves. The staffs in kitchen should follow social distancing norms and the kitchen should be sanitised frequently. The customers should be provided with seperate toilets and the same, in addition to the frequently touched surfaces, should be frequently sanitised with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite.
Motor Vehicle Garages
A detailed record of all the trucks or long distance vehicles, entering the above mentioned area, should be shared with the District Administration on a daily basis. The management should ensure that the interior and exterior of the vehicle or the part where repairing is to be done, is fully sanitised using 1% Sodium Hypochlorite, before the employees start repairing the vehicle. The truck driver/handyman should be provided with seperate toilets and the same, in addition to frequently touched surfaces, should be frequently sanitised using 1% Sodium Hypochlorite.
The Government has also issued general preventive measures, to be followed in all the above mentioned places.
Posters or standees on preventive measures about COVID-19 should be prominently displayed. Physical distance of 6 feet should be followed as long as possible. Use of face covers and masks should be made mandatory. Hands should be frequently cleaned with soap even when they do not look dirty and use of hand sanitisers should be made feasible. Drinking water facilities should be provided to the truckers. Respiratory etiquettes should be strictly followed. Spitting should be strictly prohibited. Proper disposal of face covers/masks/gloves should be ensured. Contactless mode of receipt generation and digital payment methods should be encouraged. In case any trucker/handyman/employee is showing any fever like symptom, the management is duty bound to inform either the State Helpline Number 104 or the nearest medical facility.
The order has come into force on Monday (15th June, 2020).