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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Health Ministry has issued guidelines for domestic travel by air, trains and roads which includes that symptomatic passengers will monitor their health for 14 days while those with symptoms will be screened at the nearest health facility. The states and UTs will ensure that thermal screening is carried out at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flight, train or bus. During boarding and travel, all passengers will use a face cover or mask and follow hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. A list of dos and don''ts will be provided with the tickets. All passengers will be advised to download Aarogya Setu on their phones. The guidelines stipulate that airports, railway stations and bus stands should be regularly sanitized and availability of soaps and sanitisers will be ensured. Thermal screening will be done at the exit points. Asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go with the advice that they should self-monitor their health for 14 days. Those found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. Those having moderate to severe symptoms will be admitted to Covid 19 health facilities and managed accordingly. Those having mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolation at Covid Care Centre and tested. If found positive, they will continue at the centre and manage as per clinical protocol. If negative, the passenger may be allowed to home and isolate themselves and self monitor for 7 days. The guidelines for international arrivals are more strict as before boarding, all traveller will give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days with 7 days of institutional quarantine cost at their own ost and 7 days of home quarantine and monitor their health. Only for exceptional and compelling cases such as human distress, pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness, home quarantine ill be allowed for 14 days. Those ound symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. The remaining passengers shall be taken to institutional isolation centres to be argued by the state governments. --IANSNew Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Despite the declining trend in new Covid-19 cases, the Central government on Wednesday extended the safety guidelines directing the states and Union Territories (UTs) to maintain surveillance and follow containment measures till February 28. However, more relaxations have been permitted.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order which will be effective from February 1, 2021 and will remain in force till February 28. “The main focus of the guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains that have been achieved against the spread of COVID-19 which is visible in the steady decline in number of active and new cases in the country over the last four months. It is, therefore, emphasised that to fully overcome the pandemic, there is need to maintain caution and to strictly follow the prescribed containment strategy focused on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines,” said the guidelines.

The new guidelines say that all activities have been permitted outside the Containment Zones. Social/ religious/sports/entertainment/educational/ cultural/religious gatherings have already been permitted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces; and keeping of the size of the ground/space in view, in open spaces. Now bigger gatherings will be allowed subject to SOP of the State/UT concerned.

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The guidelines say that cinema halls and theatres have already been permitted up to 50 percent of seating capacity. Now they will be permitted to operate at higher seating capacity, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Swimming pools have already been permitted for use by sports persons. Now swimming pools will be permitted for the use of all, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in consultation with the MHA.

Business to Business (B2B) exhibition halls have already been permitted. Now all types of exhibition halls will be permitted, for which a revised SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce in consultation with the MHA.

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For further opening up of international air travel, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) may take a decision in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs based on the assessment of the situation.

The SOPs have been prescribed for various activities.

The SOPs will be updated from time to time for movement by passenger trains; air travel; metro trains; schools; higher educational institutions; hotels and restaurants; shopping malls, multiplexes and entertainment parks; yoga centres and gymnasiums.

However, there will be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements.

Persons above 65 years of age, persons with
comorbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years have been advised to take the necessary precautions.

Source: IANS

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