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No home quarantine for those coming to Punjab for less than 72 hours

Chief Minister captain Amarinder Singh said it has been decided to provide this concession to facilitate students wishing to come for examinations or business travellers, whose stay in the state is less than 72 hours from the time of their arrival.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 14, 2020 11:04:18 pm
Stranded in other states, those who left to work say, ‘Punjab govt helping migrants, but what about us?’ A total of 72,978 people registered themselves to come from other states to Punjab till May 17. (Source: Getty Images)

Amid concerns raised by students who may have to reach Punjab for examinations and interviews on short visit, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh Tuesday said that travellers coming to state for less than 72 hours will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day home quarantine requirement and only need to submit a formal undertaking at the border check post.

The CM said it has been decided to provide this concession to facilitate students wishing to come for examinations or business travellers, whose stay in the state is less than 72 hours from the time of their arrival. It has been decided to exempt such travellers from the 14-day mandatory home quarantine requirement that remains in place for domestic inbound travellers in Punjab.. he said.

The exempt travellers will, however, need to submit a formal undertaking at the border check post in a standard format provided on COVA app, which they would have to download on their phones. Besides entering their details in the app, these persons would have to undertake that the COVA app will remain active throughout their period of stay in Punjab.

The additional standard operating procedures for such travellers requires them to voluntarily submit that they are not coming from any containment zone and undertake not to stay for more than 72 hours in Punjab from the time of arrival in the state, he added.

During this period, they shall commit to monitoring their health and maintaining distance from those around, and also interact with the assigned surveillance team in case they suffer from any symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and will immediately call at 104.

All due precautions would have to be strictly adhered to and non-adherence to wearing of mask/social distancing etc would make them liable to be acted upon under section 188 of IPC as per provision of The Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, said the Chief Minister.

Further, if within a week of return any such person is tested positive then he/she will have to immediately contact Government of Punjab at 104 and assist them in contact tracing.

It may be recalled that while the Government of India had recently waived off the requirement of home quarantine for domestic travellers and replaced the same with self-monitoring, Punjab government has made it clear that quarantine restrictions will continue to remain in place in Punjab on account of rising numbers.

“Today’s announcement is the only exception to the rule,” the statement added.

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