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COVID-19: RWAs breathe new life by arranging oxygen cylinders, setting up medical facilities in club houses

In Maharashtra, the state government has delegated special powers of police officers to the cooperative housing society chairman and secretary to ensure that all COVID-19 norms are adhered to

From arranging oxygen concentrators and ventilators, creating dedicated helplines, tying up with hospitals to set up COVID-19 facilities in club houses, and even deputing society officials as representatives of the police to ensure that protocols are adhered to, RWAs across Delhi-NCR and Mumbai have a lot on their plate as they struggle to combat the second wave of the pandemic.

With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise, especially in highrises, the Uttar Pradesh government had issued guidelines earlier this month that said that in case of emergence of one case, the entire floor will be contained, while the entire tower will be contained if multiple cases are detected. The guidelines have not put any restrictions on movement of people from in and out of containment zones, but has directed for strict surveillance.

The state has also amended the Corona Pandemic Act, 2020 making provisions for imposing hefty fines for not wearing mask in public. According to the new amendments, those found without mask will be fined Rs 1000 the first time. The fine will be Rs 10,000 for second time offenders. Also, people found spitting in public will be fined Rs 500.

With several cities running out of hospital beds, oxygen and essential medicines, several resident welfare associations in Noida and Greater Noida had sought permission from the state government to allow them to set up isolation centres for COVID-19 patients in their club houses.