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Delhi Social Welfare Dept Asks Officials to Avoid Face-to-face Meetings as Cases Surge in Capital

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Face-to-face interaction among officials should be kept to a bare minimum. Eating together at the desk of one person should be strictly avoided, the guidelines read.

The Delhi government's social welfare department has asked its officials to avoid face-to-face meetings to the extent possible to avoid becoming carriers of coronavirus.

It has also prohibited visits by friends and relatives of officials.

The decision came in the wake of a number of government employees contracting coronavirus, thus affecting the working of the department.

The officers have been directed to attend meetings via video and audio calls.

If face-to-face meeting becomes essential, the official concerned will have to ensure that it gets over in 15 minutes, the department said while issuing new guidelines to be followed in office.

Seating arrangement in meetings should follow social distancing norms.

"Visit by friends and relatives will not be allowed unless it is an emergency, subject to permission of the controlling officer," it said.

Face-to-face interaction among officials should be kept to a bare minimum. Eating together at the desk of one person should be strictly avoided, the guidelines read.

While in office, the officials are required to wear masks at all times and take due care that the mask is properly secured to cover nose and mouth.