• Jinal Inamdar

Updated Travel Guidelines For Uttarakhand, Himachal, Goa & Karnataka

With the country slowly & gradually relaxing lockdowns & curfews due to the decrease in COVID-19 positive cases, people have begun making travel plans within the country. But here are the latest guidelines for you to keep in mind, if you are planning to visit either of these states.


Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand government has extended the lockdown in the state till June 22. Earlier, the period of current lockdown in the state was scheduled to come to an end on June 15.

List of latest COVID guidelines for Uttarakhand

  • People will be allowed to go to vaccination centres to get vaccine jabs during the lockdown if they have the document to prove their purpose

  • Only 20 people with negative RT-PCR test reports not older than 72 hours can attend weddings

  • Not more than 20 people can attend funerals

  • Shops dealing in essential commodities like milk, meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables will open daily from 8 am to 12 pm during the extended curfew

  • Bars will remain closed till further order

  • All educational and coaching institutes, cinema halls, shopping malls, stadiums, gyms, and restaurants will remain closed during the period

  • People coming from outside the state will have to register on the Smart City portal and produce a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours on arrival

  • Migrants returning to their villages will have to remain in local quarantine facilities for seven days after which they can go home depending on their symptoms

  • Medicine shops and testing labs will remain open 24 hours

Himachal Pradesh

As per the latest guidelines, a negative RT-PCR test report is no more required to enter the state

Himachal cabinet decided to allow shops in the state to remain open from 9 am to 5 pm from June 14 onwards. The shops, however, will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The 5 pm-5 am Covid curfew will also remain in place.

In a circular by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Himachal Pradesh government, some Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for tourism units have been issued:

  • The swimming pools, auditoriums and assembly halls in the hotels shall remain closed

  • All tourists will strictly follow the Safety and Hygiene guidelines for operation of tourism units issued time to time by the Ministry of Home Affairs & Dept of Tourism, etc

Karnataka

For those who are planning to travel to Karnataka, know that the state is all set to begin the unlock process in 19 districts where the test positivity rate has fallen below 5% owing to declining coronavirus cases in the state.

The districts where lockdown restrictions will be relaxed from today are Bagalkot, Ballari, Bengaluru Urban, Bidar, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Kalaburagi, Kolar, Koppal, Raichur, Ramanagar, Tumukur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura, and Yadagir.


However, please note that the night and weekend curfew will continue to remain in force in these districts and the relaxations will be for specific timings


COVID-related guidelines for Karnataka

  • The night curfew from 7 pm till 5 am will stay in place, while weekend curfew from Friday to Monday will be from 7 pm to 5 am

  • Only those having medical emergency or air or rail travelers will be allowed to move in this period

  • Autos and taxis to operate with two passengers in these 19 districts

  • Essential shopping will be allowed from 6 am to 2 pm

  • Parks will be open for walking from 5 to 10 am

  • Street vendors can operate businesses from 6 am to 2 pm

  • All industries will be allowed to function with 50 per cent staff, while garment units will function with 30 per cent employees

  • Ration shops selling food grains under the public distribution system (PDS) will function from 6 am to 2 pm

  • Hotels, restaurants and eateries can operate their kitchens to provide parcel service only. Dine-in will not be allowed and customers have to maintain social distancing for ordering and collecting parcels

  • Liquor shops will be able to allowed to be open from 6 am to 2 pm

  • As all construction activities are allowed to continue, cement and steel shops will be permitted to reopen from 6 am to 2 pm

Goa

The Goa government decided to extend the statewide curfew till 7 am on June 21 in a bid to curb the spread of deadly COVID-19 infections, announced Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Shops, including in panchayat and municipal markets, may open between 7 am to 3 pm. Marriage function with up to 50 persons have been permitted. A more detailed order will be issued by District Collectors soon.


*Source: News Agency

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