Health Ministry Issues Guidelines For Domestic Travel

24 May, 2020 18:35 IST|Sakshi Post

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released new guidelines for domestic travel on Sunday advising passengers to download Arogya Setu App on their mobile phones and asking states to ensure that all the passengers shall undergo thermal screening points at the departure point of airports, railway stations and bus terminals.
"Prescribed clinical protocol will be followed in case any domestic or international traveller shows symptoms of COVID-19. States can also develop their own protocol for quarantine and isolation as per their own assessment," Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.
The guidelines come a day before the resumption of air travel after nearly two-months suspension following lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with tickets to travellers by agencies concerned, said the Health Ministry's guidelines for domestic travel.

Listed below are the guidelines for Domestic Travel

1) Dos and Don’ts shall be provided along with tickets to the travellers by the agencies concerned.

2) All passengers shall be advised to download the Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

3) Suitable announcement about Covid-19, including precautionary measures to be followed, shall be made at airports/railway stations/bus terminals and in flights/trains/bus.

4) The states/UTs shall ensure that all passengers undergo thermal screening at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flight/train/bus.

5) During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers/masks. They will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene.

6) At airports/railway stations/ bus terminals necessary measures to ensure social distancing shall be taken.

7) Airports/railway stations/bus terminals should be regularly sanitised/disinfected and availability of soaps and sanitisers shall be ensured.

8) Thermal screening at exit point shall be arranged.

9) Asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go with the advice that they shall self-monitor their health for 14 days. In case, they develop any symptoms, they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre (1075).

10) Those found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. They will be assessed for clinical severity at the health facility.

11) Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID health facilities and managed accordingly.

12) Those having mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate and tested as per ICMR protocol.

If positive, they will continue in COVID Care Centre and will be managed as per clinical protocol.
If negative, the passenger may be allowed to go home, they have to isolate himself/herself and self monitor his/her health for a further 7 days. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre (1075).

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