The Himachal Pradesh government has made a negative COVID-19 report or full vaccination mandatory for all people intending to visit the hill state from August 13.
In a late-night order on Tuesday, Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh stated, “All persons intending to visit State shall carry their COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (double doses) or a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours or RAT negative report not older than 24 hours w.e.f. 13th August 2021.”
Issuing the two-page order after the state cabinet meeting, Singh stated, “The situation of COVID-19 in the state has been reviewed. It is observed that the number of COVID-19 active cases and positivity rate are increasing in the state and the situation is still precarious.”
In its earlier order on August 6, the state government made mandatory a negative RT-PCR report or full vaccination for visiting temples in the state during ‘Shrawan Ashtmi Navratras’ from August 9 to August 17.
Further, it has also been decided that all schools would remain closed except residential ones from August 11 to 22. However, teaching and non-teaching staff members will attend schools, the order stated.
The education department will frame Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the residential schools for containment of COVID-19, it added.
The order further stated, “Inter-state, Inter-district and Intra-district movement of public transport buses (state/ contract carriages) is now allowed to be operated with 50% of the registered seating capacity w.e.f. 13th August 2021.”
For inter-state public transport buses, the transport department shall frame a mechanism for checking of RTPCR/ RAT/vaccine certificate so that only eligible persons will board the buses, it added.