GG News Bureau
Dehradun, 20th July. Tourism, which has been derailed since last year due to COVID 19 pandemic, is slowly gaining picking up in Uttarakhand amidst the rapidly declining cases of the Covid infection. The government of the state is working to speed up tourism activities as per the central government Covid guidelines to protect the tourism industry from further losses.
According to the SOP released by the state government on Monday, tourists from other states who have been vaccinated can enter the state without any restrictions by registering on the portal of Dehradun Smart City. Not only this, the mandatory negative report of COVID testing to move from the plains of the state to hilly districts has also been removed.
The tourism industry is the backbone of Uttarakhand’s economy.
The Uttarakhand government has given a big relief to the visitors who have taken both doses of COVID 19 vaccine. The State Government has removed the obligation of negative RT-PCR report for people entering the State. Tourists who have administered both doses of the vaccine can now enter Uttarakhand without any report.
However, it has also been clarified by the Government that it will be mandatory for all passengers to follow the COVID protocol implemented in the State such as wearing masks, washing hands frequently and following social distancing rules. With this, the validity time of RT-PCR test for other visitors to Uttarakhand has been 72 hours. With this lakh of people from the state associated to tourism will get a relief.
The Government is constantly making efforts to prevent the spread of the Covid infection,” said Dilip Javalkar, Secretary, Tourism. Vaccination is the only important weapon to win this war. When more and more people become vaccinated, herd immunity will be achieved and then only Covid can be defeated. In such a situation, tourists from other States who have taken both doses of vaccine can come to Uttarakhand without test reports. Tourism activities have been launched across the state keeping in view the Covid Guidelines to promote tourism, said Javalkar.