LUCKNOW: A day after the Central government issued a fresh Covid-19 advisory in light of rising cases in China, US, Korea and some other counties, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday put the state government on alert and issued directions to follow strict Covid-19 protocols in all night shelters.
The directions state that along with Covid protocols, officials must ensure cleanliness, sanitation and physical distancing at the shelters.
“In the given cold weather, the government is running night shelters where the homeless and destitute have a place to spend the nights in a protected environment. With the unfolding Covid situation in some countries, it has been made mandatory for sanitation of the shelters and physical distancing in these,” said a government spokesperson. Guidelines have been issued by the Uttar Pradesh Local Bodies Directorate to all municipal commissioners and executive officers to provide regular updates on night shelters so that monitoring of arrangements can be done.
Neha Sharma, director of the State Local Bodies Directorate, said that these were precautionary measures being taken by the government in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in China, and said that more restrictions could be introduced based on inputs by the health department.
The CM has also said that no person should sleep in the open at hospitals, bus stations, railway stations, temples and markets etc and municipal commissioners have also directed to visit their areas regularly to ensure compliance. A person found sleeping in the open should be taken to the nearest night shelter.
Municipal commissioners have also been directed to coordinate with the Board of Trade, voluntary organisations and banking institutions, to make arrangements for distribution of blankets to the destitute and people from weaker sections. The CM has said that arrangements should be made for lighting bonfires in public areas.

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