COVID-19: MHA allows Interstate travel for stranded students, migrants & tourists

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Shillong, Apr 29: The Ministry of Home Affairs, on Wednesday, announced that stranded migrant labourers, students, tourists or pilgrims who are asymptomatic, can return to home. The MHA has issued a set of guidelines for States and Union Territories to implement. 

The order states that all states and union territories should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending stranded persons. The nodal authorities will be directed to register the stranded persons within their states or union territories. 

According to the order, states that receive or send group of stranded persons need to consult each other and agree to movement by road. 

Only those persons who are found to be asymptomatic after being screened will be allowed to proceed; and the order states that only buses will be used for the transport of groups of persons. The buses will have to be sanitised and social distancing norms have to be followed in seating.

The states and union territories in the transit route will allow passage of such person to the receiving state/UT, the order read. 

On arriving at their destination, the passengers will be assessed by local health authorities and kept in home quarantine or institutional quarantine.

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