The Surat Municipal Corporation has offered detailed guidelines for the diamond industry in the city as Unlock 3.0 comes into force from today.
Gujarat has been recording a surge in COVID-19 numbers and Surat has the highest number of cases in the state for the last many days.
The diamond industry is badly hit due to the pandemic with many units voluntarily shutting shop due to the spread of the disease.
The new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) offers several concessions for diamond units to help them get back to work.
What are the new SOPs for diamond units
- One diamond polishing machine can have only two workers.
- Any new worker being put on a new polishing machine will have to undergo an antigen and antibody test.
- If a worker is being placed on a machine that he has been operating for some time, he will have to undergo a new COVID-19 test if he or any of his colleagues operating the machine have tested positive.
- Diamond markets can function from 12 pm to 6 pm.
Diamond markets voluntarily shut down
Diamond polishing units and markets in Surat were voluntarily shut till July 31.
Over 700 diamond polishers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the district.
The Surat Diamond Association had appealed to all diamond trading markets and units to shut shop to prevent the spread of the disease.
More than 12 deaths were reported due to COVID-19 among those involved in the diamond business.
A large number of diamond workers who tested positive were from Varachha and Katargam.
After Unlock 1.0 the units had resumed functioning after two and a half months of lockdown.
But cases surged because workers did not wear masks and failed to maintain social distancing.
The civic body also forcefully shut down many units which reported COVID-19 cases.