With the government allowing private offices to function with limited staff, working women have started reporting back to their hostels in Mylapore. And hostel owners have begun making plans to introduce several precautions to prevent virus spread.
Since lockdown, most of the hostels have been empty as all its occupants had gone to their native places.
Says the manager of a women’s hostel at Luz, “Since the past few days, two girls working with private companies have come back. We are allowing them inside the hostel only after ensuring that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. We are asking them to bring a medical certificate to verify the same. The inmates are also asked to maintain personal hygiene and we clean the premises regularly.”
Says the owner of another women’s hostel at Sollaiappan Street in Mylapore, “We are expecting to receive girls from the first week of June. Most of them work in IT companies, and we are told that they have been asked to report by June. To prevent the virus spread at the hostel, we will ask the girls to sanitise their hands and legs before entering the hostel. Wearing masks and gloves will be made compulsory even inside the hostel. We are also planning to reduce hostel strength to ensure social distancing.”