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India: Himachal Pradesh makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory for unvaccinated travellers

Himachal Pradesh, a state in North India, has made it mandatory to present a negative RT-PCR test report for travellers who are not vaccinated.

This means that tourists entering the state will have to carry COVID-19 vaccination certificate (single or both doses) or a negative RT-PCR test report issued not earlier than 72 hours. These restrictions will remain in force until further orders.

In June 2021, the state had eased COVID-19 restrictions, as a part of which RT-PCR test was no longer required to enter Himachal Pradesh.

However, blatant violation of COVID-19 norms have been observed in several parts of the state, especially in public transport and public places, stated an official notification by the government. Additionally, Massive crowds have been seen thronging the marketplaces, violating norms of social distancing.

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Furthermore, the latest notification states that if the COVID-19 norms are not followed at any establishment/premises/markets, such place shall be liable for action under the relevant laws.

In addition to this, the state executive committee has issued guidelines and asked the concerned authorities to ensure people follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour at markets, restaurants, railway stations, bus stands, malls, parks, gymnasiums, sports complexes and banquet halls among others.

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

Meanwhile, ITC Hotels opened its second Welcomhotel in Himachal Pradesh, ITC Tavleen Chail. Radisson Hotels has also opened its second property in Himachal Pradesh, Radisson Blu Dharamshala Resort.

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