Negative COVID-19 report or full vaccination must for visiting Himachal
(Sourced from PTI)
The Himachal Pradesh government has made negative COVID-19 report or full vaccination mandatory for people intending to visit the hill state from August 13. In a late-night order on Tuesday, Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh stated, "All persons intending to visit State shall carry their COVID-19 vaccine certificate (double doses) or negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours w.e.f. August 13, 2021."
"They can also carry a RAT negative report not older than 24 hours," Singh stated in the order. Issuing the two-page order after the state cabinet meeting, Singh stated, "The situation of COVID-19 in the state has been reviewed. It is observed that the number of COVID-19 active cases and positivity rate are increasing in the state and the situation is still precarious."
In its earlier order on August 6, the state government made a negative RT-PCR report or full vaccination mandatory for visiting temples in the state during Shrawan Ashtmi Navratras from August 9 to August 17. "It has also been decided that all schools would remain closed except residential ones from August 11-22. However, teaching and non-teaching staff members will attend schools," the order stated.
"The education department will frame the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the residential schools for containment of COVID-19," the order added. The order further stated, "Inter-state, Inter-district, as well as Intra-district movement of public transport buses (state/contract carriages) is now allowed to be operated with 50 percent of the registered seating capacity w.e.f. August 13, 2021."
For the inter-state public transport buses, the transport department shall frame a mechanism for checking of RT-PCR/ RAT/vaccine certificate so that only eligible persons will board the buses, it added.