Travelling to Himachal Pradesh will no longer require an RT-PCR test. The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided that there would be no requirement of RT-PCR tests for entering Himachal Pradesh. As per the reports, the Corona curfew will, however, remain in place from 5 PM to 5 AM. Meanwhile, a decision was also taken to increase shop timings, which will now be allowed to remain open from 9 AM to 5 PM from June 14. However, shops will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
The cabinet has also decided to lift Section 144, and that intrastate public transport would be allowed with 50 percent occupancy; section 144 has also been lifted. As such, this will facilitate travel of the local population, as well as of travellers.
Further, to promote safer tourism in the Himalayan state, the government has asked hotels to make sure that tourists strictly follow COVID protocols, and the hygiene guidelines that have been issued by the Depart of Tourism and Ministry of Home Affairs.
Reports have it that gyms and auditoriums, swimming pools, which are within the hotel premises have been asked to remain closed, as per the strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government on June 6.
Further, as per 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.”