Meghalaya government on Thursday announced the reopening of the state’s tourism sector from September 1 with relaxations of Covid protocols for travellers.
State chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday took to Twitter to inform about the reopening of the state's tourism sector and said, “Meghalaya will restart its tourism (sector) from 1st September 2021 with the following protocols: Fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit the state for tourism-related purposes from 1st September 2021."
“Tourists who are vaccinated with a single dose will have to produce negative RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT report valid only if they have tested within 72 hrs prior to their arrival at the entry point,” he further added.
As per the new protocols, fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit Meghalaya and those who have received only the first dose of vaccines should carry negative Covid test reports, conducted 72 hours before arrival in the state.
Sangma further informed that Meghalaya residents will also be allowed to visit any tourist destination of the state.
Meanwhile, the State Cabinet has decided to resume physical classes in colleges from September 1, while schools in urban areas may be allowed to reopen for students of classes 9 to 12.
“Govt (government) has decided to reopen all colleges in Meghalaya from September 1. For schools in urban areas, Cl (class) 1-5 may have online classes, Cl 6-8 may have school visits & Cl 9-12 may be opened. For Schools in rural areas, Cl 1-5 may have school visits & Cl 6-12 may be opened,” Sangma said on the microblogging site.
It is to be mentioned, the government had imposed lockdown across the state on May 5 amid the second wave of Covid-19 and with an improvement in the pandemic situation, it has been relaxing the restrictions.