Meghalaya is all set to resume touring in the state from September. The state government will be relaxing COVID protocols for travelers. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit the state on August 26.
The government stated that the COVID test will be conducted 72 hours before arrival in the state and will be mandatory for those who received the first dose of the vaccine. The chief minister announced the resuming tourism taking it to Twitter. He wrote, "Meghalaya will restart its tourism (sector) from 1st September 2021 with the following protocols: Fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit the state for tourism-related purposes from 1st September, 2021." He also said, "Tourists who are vaccinated with a single dose will have to produce negative RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT report valid only if they have tested within 72 hrs prior to their arrival at the entry point."
In further relaxations, the state residents will also be allowed to visit any tourist destination. The Meghalaya Cabinet on the same day also decided to resume physical classes in colleges from September. While schools in urban areas may be allowed to reopen for students of classes 9 to 12 and schools in rural areas may also be allowed to reopen for students of classes 6 to 12, the CM said. The government had imposed lockdown across the state on May 5 amid the second wave of COVID-19 and has been relaxing the restrictions with an improvement in the situation.