Kiren Rijiju on Monday visited the Sports Authority of India’s headquarter where senior officials and other staff members resumed operations after more than a fortnight of working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sports Minister visited the SAI headquarters in New Delhi wearing a mask and sanitised his hands before entering the premises.

“The ministry has started its office with minimum staff because work has to go on. We are ensuring strict compliance of rules like social distancing, wearing masks and temperature checks,” Rijiju said.

The SAI office was shut down on March 21 as part of precautionary measures to contain the virus. All ministers were on Saturday asked to resume office from Monday along with joint secretary level officers and one-third of their essential staff.

“Only divisional heads and 30% of the lower division staff will work on a rotational basis. This is being done as per the centre’s order in an effort to streamline things before the complete lifting of the lockdown,” said a SAI official.

The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 300 deaths in India. It has spread across the world, killing at least 100,000 people and putting tremendous strain on medical resources with at least 18,50,000 positive cases.