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New announcement for tourists visiting Uttarakhand released

No COVID negative medical report required before entering Uttarakhand.

Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Yesterday on 23rd September, the Uttarakhand government announced the updates for the guidelines for the tourists who are visiting Uttarakhand. After the government officials held a meeting, few more restrictions got removed from the lockdown measures. These changes were made under the 4th phase of unlocking India.

According to the announcement, tourists are no longer required to present COVID negative medical report before entering the Uttarakhand borders. Also, there will be no mandatory requirement to book a minimum of 2 days’ stay at a hotel as well. The lifting of these restrictions will increase the possibility of higher tourist inflow in the state of Uttarakhand.

Earlier this week, there was the mandatory rule for tourists travelling to Uttarakhand. According to the rule, all tourists were required to present a COVID-19 negative report along with a minimum 2-day advance booking in the hotel. After Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand cancelled this requirement for all incoming tourists. These measures are being implemented throughout India to revive the ailing tourism industry.

Also, according to the new update, all hotels are required to report any guest carrying COVID-19 infections. All hotels will be required to report directly to the District Administrators of their area. People found positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined as per the Standard Operating procedure.

With more and more states relaxing their lockdown restrictions, the higher risk of rising active cases is feared. The villages particularly in some areas of Himachal and the rest of India are fearing for the worst. Despite all that, the desperate need to resume the businesses is critical as most people are dependent on tourism for their livelihood.

Some of the places in the Himachal and North East India have decided not to open up their businesses due to the lack of medical facilities in distant villages. Getting a community spread would be catastrophic for people seeking medical help.

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