June 14: Travelling to Himachal Pradesh would not require an RT-PCR test anymore. The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has recently decided that there would be no requirement of RT-PCR tests for visiting Himachal Pradesh. According to the reports, the curfew in place, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, will remain from 5PM to 5AM.

At the same time, the shop timings have also been increased by the authorities allowing them to open from 9 AM to 5 PM from June 14, that is, from today. Meanwhile, the shops are schedules to stay close on Saturdays and Sundays.

In another decision, the cabinet has lifted Section 144 along with allowing intrastate public transport with 50 per cent occupancy. Both moves facilitate the travel of the local population and the travellers.

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Furthermore, the government has also asked the hotels to ensure that tourist is bound to follow Covid protocols and the hygiene guidelines as issued by the Department of Tourism and Ministry of Home Affairs. These guidelines were issued to hoteliers to promote safe and healthy travel and tourism in the Himalayan state.

Moreover, the reports also have it that the gyms, auditoriums and swimming pools, situated within the hotel premises will remain closed as per the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government on June 6.

Further, as suggested by a state government spokesperson, “All medical colleges, ayurvedic colleges and dental colleges will open from June 23. Pharmacy and nursing schools will open from June 28, and now there will be no requirement of RT-PCR negative tests for entering the state.”

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