CoronaVirus Bengaluru Updates: Mandatory Work From Home For IT Employees Confirmed By Government?

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CoronaVirus is ripping apart the economy and normal livelihood of millions across the globe. Hugely populous India is beginning to face the brunt of Level 2 and 3 transmission of the virus in the country. There has been a significant surge in the total count which mounts to 87, including two deaths. The major regions affected are Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi NCR Region and Rajasthan.

While the state governments brace for the worst, the Government of Karnataka has taken some proactive measures like shutting down malls, theaters, mass gathering events, weddings and schools. This order comes into effect from the 15th of March 2020.

According to the government directive which comes into effect on Sunday, the following closures are ordered:

Government Directive

– Malls
– Cinema halls
– Pubs and night clubs
– Exhibitions
– Summer camps
– Sports events
– Marriages, conferences, parties or engagements
– Sports arena including Swimming pools
– Play area includes Gym
– Music and other fests and events
–  IT employees and employees working in air-conditioned offices to work from home
– Schools and colleges
– Day care centres

Government of Karnataka Order on CoronaVirus Restrictions and Work From Home Regulations for IT Companies

This order has created a lot of speculations and rumors regarding the fate of lakhs of IT employees in the city. Major organizations like Google, VMWare and Dell have advised for work from home for its employees. However, many other organizations have advised their employees not to come to office if they have symptoms like fever, cough, cold and headache. Incidentally, employees of Google, Mindtree and Dell have tested positive for the virus. Also, there is a suspected case of coronavirus in Infosys, Electronic City Phase 2.

As of March 15th’s Government order, work from home is not mandatory for employees in the IT sector. However, the Government of Karnataka has recommended companies to encourage work from home wherever possible.

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