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COVID-19 Maharashtra: International travellers to follow Central Govt's directions for entering state

In view of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron which has been identified as a variant of concern, the Maharashtra government's new order, released on November 27 detailed the guideline for international travellers into the state.

November 27, 2021 / 04:37 PM IST
(Representative Image: Shutterstock)

(Representative Image: Shutterstock)

In view of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, which has been identified as a variant of concern, the Maharashtra government's new order on November 27 mandates all international travellers into the state to be governed by the directions of the union government.

Along with this, Mumbai's Mayor Kishori Pednekar earlier today announced that passengers arriving at Mumbai airport from South Africa will be quarantined and genome sequencing of passengers will also be done if they are found COVID-19 positive.

The new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, first detected in South Africa this week, was designated as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on November 26, which named it Omicron.


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A variant of concern is the WHO's top category of worrying COVID-19 variants. It was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. A number of countries around the world have now decided to ban or restrict travel to and from these six southern Africa nations - South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini - according to PTI.

Looking at the drop in cases in the last few months and an accelerated vaccination rate, the state government's new order detailing fresh guidelines and restrictions allowed all social, economic, cultural, sports & entertainment activities to function as per normal timings before COVID-19 subject to the adherence of Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB).

Any individual not following CAB will be fined Rs 500 for each instance of default. Organizations or establishments not imposing CAB shall be fined Rs 10,000.

According to the order - organizers of any show, event, program and participants, guests and customers have to be fully vaccinated. Shops, malls, gatherings have to be manned by full vaccinated and all visitors and customers must be fully vaccinated as well.

Also Read: In-Depth | Omicron: All you need to know about new COVID-19 strain from South Africa

Public transport must be used by the fully vaccinated only. If any default is found inside a taxi, private transport four-wheeler or inside any bus, then the individual defaulting will be fined Rs 500 and driver/helper/conductor shall be fined Rs 500. The owner transport agency in cases of buses shall be fined Rs 1,000.

Additionally, a 50 percent seating capacity is allowed for any event happening in a closed space like a cinema hall, marriage hall, convention hall etc. For open to sky spaces it's 25 percent of the seating capacity.

With regards to domestic travel, all travellers shall either be fully vaccinated or carry RT-PCR test valid for 72 hrs.
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first published: Nov 27, 2021 04:37 pm
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