If mountains are your calling then head to Uttarakhand now because the state has reopened its hotels, homestays and B&Bs for tourists. By Tanvi Jain

 

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Uttarakhand, while recently issuing its guidelines for Unlock 2.0, lifted travel restrictions on inter-district, inter-state and international travellers and also allowed homestays and hotels, outside the containment zones, to open up for business. 

However, as per the guidelines, all the tourists who are visiting from other parts of the country will have to upload their test report on the web portal — smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in. District authorities will ensure proper verification of the medical reports of the concerned persons, is done at the border check-posts, before being allowed entry into the state. The hotels will also have to ensure that their guests have undergone RT-PCR tests from ICMR authorised labs within three days from the time of arrival and is reflecting a negative COVID-19 report. 

 

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All asymptomatic inbound persons visiting the state from outside India will have to mandatorily register themselves on the web portal and will also have tundertake seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. The guidelines have however exempted the inter-district travellers from being quarantined, but they will also have to register themselves on the web portal prior to the journey. Although, no limit has been set for the duration of stay for tourists, but the hotels or homestays are required to take the booking for a minimum of seven stays 

Bars situated within the hotel premises are still not allowed to operate. However, the hotels are allowed to serve liquor only as part of room service, subject to the compliance of social distancing and safety. As per reports, tourists who have tested negative in the 48 hours will be allowed to step out of the hotel for sightseeing.  

 

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Moreover, the state also reopened malls, religious places and restaurants from July 1, which will be operational daily from 07:00 am to 08:00 pm. People are allowed to go for morning walks or jogs, provided they follow all social distancing norms and safety protocols as mentioned in the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)  

Related: A Trip To Uttarakhand Now Requires You To Book A Stay For Minimum 7 Days