Public Places Prevention and Control

(The Fight Against COVID-19)

Updated:2020-04-26 |

Public Places Prevention and Control

Public places are where the general public take part in social activities, therefore they are a key link in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. These places are related to people's health and economic and social development. 

On January 30, the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council published a Guide on Health Protection of Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia in Public Places, listing suggestions and requirements for health protection in public places and workplaces where people often gather, such as hotels, shopping malls, cinemas, swimming pools, museums, waiting rooms and lounges, and office buildings. 

* For hygienic practices in public places, it is important to clean and disinfect the surface of objects. Spray or wipe the surfaces with high frequency of contact (elevator buttons, handrails and door handles) with chlorine-containing disinfectants and disinfectant wipes; 

* Ensure disinfection of food (drinking) utensils, sanitary ware, and textiles such as clothes, bedding and seat covers; 

* Well ventilate the rooms, with natural wind preferred; 

* Clean the air conditioning filters regularly, and close the air return channel if not in use; 

* Ensure normal operation of hand washing facilities and adequate hand sanitizers, quick-dry hand disinfectants or inductive hand disinfection facilities; 

* Strengthen garbage classification management, timely collection and removal of garbage, and regular disinfection and cleaning of garbage cans and other containers; 

* Set an emergency area for temporary isolation and standard treatment of suspected or confirmed cases; 

* Post health education materials about epidemic prevention and control in a conspicuous place in the site.

In terms of personal protection, the staff should pay attention to personal protection, hand hygiene, and physical condition. Mobile personnel should reduce gatherings and unnecessary outings. They must make sure of personal protection and hand hygiene if going out. In crowded public places, it is recommended to wear medical masks and wash hands frequently. Health monitoring and registration of visitors shall be made at office buildings and other places.