Maharashtra: Amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in parts of India, the Maharashtra government on Monday has released new guidelines to prevent the spread of novel coronaviruses in the state.
However, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) shall be applicable only for the passengers entering by air, train, or road from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa, and Gujarat to the State.
Given below are the SOP
SOP for Air travel:
- Passengers traveling to Maharashtra will not be allowed to fly without COVID-19 (RT-PCR) negative test report.
- RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 72 hours of landing at airports in Maharashtra.
- If passengers do not have test reports on landing, they will have to undergo an RT-PCR test at their own cost, after which they will be allowed to leave the airport premises.
- The passengers whose reports come positive will be contacted and treated according to the current protocol.
SOP for Railways travel:
- Passengers traveling by train to or from stations in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa will carry COVID-19 (RT-PCR) negative test report before entering Maharashtra.
- RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 96 hours of scheduled arrival in Maharashtra.
- Passengers who do not have a COVID-19 negative test report will be screened for symptoms and body temperature at railway stations.
- Although asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to go home, those with symptoms will undergo rapid antigen testing.
- The passengers found positive for the novel coronavirus, they will be referred to the COVID Care Center. The cost of treatment will have to be borne by the concerned passenger.
Guidelines for Road travel:
- District collectors of land border districts in Maharashtra have been arranged to ensure that travelers coming from the above 4 states are screened for symptoms and body temperature.
- Only passengers with no symptoms will be allowed entry, while symptomatic people have the option to return to their respective states and enroll.
- If symptomatic travelers choose to enter Maharashtra, they will have to undergo rapid antigen testing.
- If passengers are found positive for the novel coronavirus, they will be referred to the COVID Care Center. The cost of treatment will have to be borne by the concerned traveler.