New Delhi: Indian Railways has cancelled 76 trains due to low occupancy and also as a precaution against coronavirus. It has also issued a set of guidelines to zonal railways for its catering staff stating no employee with fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty in breathing “should be deployed in the business of food handling on Indian Railways”. According to officials, central railways (CR) cancelled 23 trains, south-central railways cancelled 29 trains, 10 trains were cancelled in western railway (WR) zone, 9 in southeastern railway zone and 5 in northern railway zone. Also Read - Coronavirus: With Over 140 Confirmed Cases, India is at Stage 2. What Does it Mean?
The list includes some popular long haul trains. Also Read - First Confirmed Case of Coronavirus in Indian Army As Jawan in Ladakh Tests Positive for COVID-19
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“All staff of catering units should be directed to maintain personal hygiene as per the food safety norms/standards of FSSAI,” the guidelines stated. “All staff to wear a facemask and hand gloves, headgear etc while dealing with food production and services to passengers, staff be advised to wash their hands with soap frequently, avoid contact with people having cough or cold, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, hand gloves to be changed frequently and disposed off in closed dustbin,” they added.
It also said that all supervisors deployed in catering establishments be directed to maintain personal hygiene and impart counselling to their subordinates in this regard.
“All staff deployed in food production and services should wash their uniforms on a daily basis and wear clean uniforms on duty, it said. “Maintenance of proper cleanliness, use of disinfectant on frequently touched objects and surfaces like billing machine, POS machines, coffee machines, countertop, door handles, table, chair, fridge handles, stall frames by using a regular household cleaning spray like Lizol, Dettol, Colin etc,” it said.
Adequate provision of hand soap and sanitisers at all catering units must be ensured and intensive/thorough cleaning of all catering units must be done on a daily basis. The order stated that proper packaging of food items must be ensured and usage of loose items should be avoided as far as possible.
“Strict prohibition of entry of outsiders / unauthorised people in food dealing area should be ensured. All staff to pay proper attention to advisories / guidelines issued by the ministry of health, FSSAI and local health departments of central and state governments from time to time and ensure compliance thereof,” the guidelines said.