by NEWSNER , 2021-04-10 10:59:53
In the wake of the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Meghalaya government has made test reports mandatory for visitors to the state from outside the Northeast.
The government during a notification issued on Friday said that each one entrant into Meghalaya, baring those from the North East, will need to produce RT-PCR, CBNAAT or TrueNat negative certificates or undergo tests on payment of fees at the entry points.
Day-trippers from the Northeast are going to be put to rapid antigen tests (RATs).
“Testing and checking at the entry points are going to be strictly enforced,” the notification issued by Meghalaya Chief Secretary MS Rao said.
Bus and tourist taxi drivers will undergo RATs regularly at the Polo Grounds and shops, restaurants and bars will need to be closed at 9 pm, the order added.
Attendance in congregations is going to be brought right down to 50 per cent after the autonomous district council elections within the Garo Hills.
The Chief Secretary has also directed that the Corona Care Centres at Shillong, Tura, Nongpoh, Jowai, Resubelpara and Khliehriat should be activated and contractual health care workers need to be retained for an additional three months.
Meanwhile, the government has also increased the penalty from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000, against those that don't wear face masks publicly places.
The notification also emphasized the continued vaccination drive and urged private health institutions to ramp it up.
The timing of vaccination at government facilities are going to be relooked, it added.