This Article is From Mar 18, 2020

Gurgaon Advises Firms To Let Employees Work From Home Amid Virus Alert

Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon Amit Khatri told news agency PTI that it was only an "advisory" and "not any directive or order".

Gurgaon Advises Firms To Let Employees Work From Home Amid Virus Alert

Schools and colleges are already closed in Gurgaon.

Gurgaon:

The Gurgaon administration on Tuesday advised all multinational companies, IT firms, industries and corporate offices to allow their staff to work from home till March 31 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The advisory comes even as a 29-year-old woman, who works in an IT firm in the city, on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first such case in Gurgaon.

"In compliance of the Haryana Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 dated March 11 notified under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, all MNC, IT firms, industries, BPOs, corporate offices situated in Gurugram are advised to allow their officer/employees to work from their home till March 31, 2020 with immediate effect to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in larger public interest," the administration said in a statement.

Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon Amit Khatri told PTI that it is only an "advisory" and "not any directive or order".

The Haryana government has already ordered closure of schools, colleges and universities, cinemas, gyms, clubs, night clubs till March 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Till Tuesday evening, 137 people in the country had tested positive for the coronavirus while three people lost their lives, according to Union Health Ministry.