India’s daily COVID caseload has steadily declined after a stiff battle just a month ago.
In the last 24 hours, our country reported 70,421 new cases, which is our lowest number since April. And as more people get vaccinated, domestic travel is making a gradual comeback.
Since health is a state subject in India, local governments have to perform a careful balancing act. The result—lockdowns or curfews are being extended, but multiple relaxations are being introduced within them to make tourism and business trips easier.
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Already, six states have removed their RT-PCR test requirements for domestic travellers. A few, such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya, are also willing to accept vaccination certificates as an alternative to a negative report during entry.
Last week, we reported how nine states were relaxing their lockdown restrictions. Four of these locations, namely Delhi, Goa, Haryana and Tamil Nadu, have now released fresh updates about permitted activities. Holiday favourite Himachal Pradesh has also shared some positive news that may bring relief to India’s summer tourism season.
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As the capital’s COVID positivity rate has dropped to less than 1%, several activities have been permitted on a trial basis from today till June 21:
> All markets, market complexes and malls are allowed to operate between 10 am to 8 pm daily.
> The Delhi Metro can operate at 50% of the coach seating capacity
> Intra-state buses can move at 50% of the seating capacity
> Autos, taxis and e-rickshaws can ferry upto 2 passengers, maxi cabs can ferry upto 5 passengers and RTV buses can ferry up to 11 passengers.
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Domestic travellers no longer have to carry a negative RT-PCR test report to enter Himachal Pradesh. However, registering on covid19epass.hp.gov.in for an e-pass is still mandatory before arrival. This change is a part of the new guidelines which apply from today.
As part of the new order, the state’s corona curfew has been extended indefinitely. However, inter-district and intra-district movement of public buses is now allowed at 50% seating capacity, and private vehicles/autos/taxis can ply on roads while following safety guidelines.
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— DD News Himachal (@DDNewsShimla) June 11, 2021
A statewide curfew will apply till 7 am on June 21. However, as part of relaxations, shops will be allowed to open from 7am to 3pm. The cap for attendees at marriage functions has also been increased to 50 people.
The state has extended its lockdown till 6 am on June 21. However, it has offered the following relaxations in all districts:
> Inter-state and inter-district travel is allowed for medical emergencies and funerals/last rites with e-registration on e-register.tnega.org. Travel within a district for these purposes will not need registration.
> Passengers with e-registration can use rental vehicles, taxis (3 passengers) and autos (2 passengers).
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The Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana Alert lockdown has been extended till 5 am on June 21, with some relaxations:
> All shops can function from 9 am to 8 pm, while malls can open from 10 am to 8 pm.
> Up to 50 people can gather in one place, except for marriages and funerals, where only 21 people each will be allowed.
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— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2021
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