COVID-19: MHA Issues Guidelines For Return Home Of Those Stranded In Different States

Asymptomatic People Will Be Allowed To Proceed After Screening

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday laid down the guidelines for return of migrant workers and others to their home states from different places.

The Union Home Secretary has written to chief secretaries and administrators of all states detailing the steps to be followed once this process starts post Lockdown 2.0.

Here are the guidelines to be followed by all states and Union Territories:

a) All States/UTS should designate nodal authorities and develop standard protocols for receiving and sending such stranded persons. The nodal authorities shall also register the stranded persons within their States/UTs
b) In case a group of stranded persons wishes to move between one State/UT and another State/UT, the sending and receiving States may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road
c) The moving person(s) will be screened and those found asymptomatic will be allowed to proceed
d) Buses shall be used for transport of groups of persons. The buses will be sanitized and shall follow safe social-distancing norms in seating arrangements
e) The States/UTS falling on the transit route will allow the passage of such persons to the receiving State/UT
f) On arrival at their destination, such person(s) would be assessed by the local health authorities, and kept in home quarantine, unless the assessment requires keeping the person(s) in institutional quarantine. They would be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups. For this purpose, such persons may be encouraged to use use Aarogya Setu app, through which their health status can be monitored and tracked.

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