Plastic curtains, acrylic sheets stand guard against Covid-19

Professionals dealing with public set up walls for protection

Plastic curtains, acrylic sheets stand guard against Covid-19

Advocate Mandeep Sachdev at his office surrounded by acrylic sheets.

Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 3

As Covid cases are on the rise in the district, residents whose professions essentially involve public dealing, have started adopting ways to protect themselves from the infection. The newer means include creating a transparent wall of plastic curtains or acrylic or glass sheets to ensure social distancing and other Covid safety norms are implemented.

Government officials, lawyers and doctors have all begun adopting the measure as a safeguard. Having got infected by Covid about four weeks ago, advocate Mandeep Sachdev who has rejoined practice after recovery has installed acrylic sheets of 7-feet high all around his desk and those of his assistant lawyers. “After I fell sick, doctors told me that there is no surety of me not contracting the infection again. I was told to continue with all protection measures and maintain a distance of 8-feet from my clients. Since my rooms at my office are small, maintaining the required distance was not possible. So we planned to make this set up for myself and my team,” he said.

He said he had set up a 4-inch slot at the bottom of the sheet for movement of files which we sanitise before use. “We call one person well verse with the case in the room at a time. After he/she leaves, we disinfect the chair and the area and call the next person in turn after a gap of seven to eight minutes,” Sachdev said.

SDM-2 Rahul Sindhu, too, has got plastic curtains installed in his court room. While he and his staff sits on one side of the curtain, witnesses and visitors are seated on the other side.

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