Himachal makes Covid-19 test must for unvaccinated tourists

As coronavirus cases rise, visitors told to carry vaccine certificate or RT-PCR negative report issued not earlier than 72 hours
Tourist towns of Shimla (in photo) and Dharamshala were packed to capacity in July when visitors made a beeline to beat the heat in the plains. Many were seen without masks and ignoring social distancing. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Tourist towns of Shimla (in photo) and Dharamshala were packed to capacity in July when visitors made a beeline to beat the heat in the plains. Many were seen without masks and ignoring social distancing. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Updated on Aug 05, 2021 02:06 AM IST
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By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla

With Himachal Pradesh seeing a spike in Covid-19 infections, the state government on Wednesday made it mandatory for visitors to carry their Covid-19 vaccine certificate (single or both doses) or a negative RT-PCR test report issued not earlier than 72 hours.

The state government decided to monitor the situation till August 10 and if the infections continue to rise, it will put a cap on social gatherings, public events besides imposing restrictions on crowded places.

“The rise in Covid-19 has become a concern again. In view of the situation, it has been decided to re-impose restrictions,” chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said during the state assembly session in Shimla. He said people should stay alert and follow Covid-19 safety norms strictly.

Mandi reports most cases

Himachal Pradesh has 1,414 active cases at present with the highest number of 318 cases being reported from Mandi district, while Sirmaur has the lowest number of 12 active cases.

Coronavirus cases in Chamba, Kangra and Shimla districts have also crossed the 200-mark. A total of 3,507 people have died due to the contagion in the state.

No mask-no service policy in force

The state executive committee has issued guidelines and asked the field implementation authorities to ensure people observe Covid appropriate behaviour at markets, malls, restaurants, bus stands, railway stations, parks, gymnasiums, banquet halls and sports complexes.

The state will continue to observe no mask-no service policy strictly. People will be allowed to board public, private transport and enter any government or private establishment only with masks.

All departments and district authorities have been directed to ensure compliance.

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