A massive traffic jam was seen at the inter-state barriers at Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district as hundreds of vehicles lined up to visit hill stations. This comes after the Himachal Pradesh government on June 12 allowed entry of tourists into the state without a negative COVID-19 test.
According to reports, over 5,000 vehicles entered Shimla in last 36 hours.
Earlier last week, Himachal Pradesh had issued new guidelines extending the curfew with several relaxations. As per the new guidelines, interstate and intrastate public transport will be allowed with 50 per cent occupancy and the timing of the opening of shops has been increased from 9 am to 5 pm from June 14. However, the night curfew will continue in the state from 5 pm to 5 am.
It was also decided that the offices will function with 50 per cent of staff from June 14. All the medical colleges, ayurvedic colleges and dental colleges will open from June 23. Pharmacy and nursing schools will open from June 28.
Meanwhile, the number of new Covid cases in the state were 370 with 17 deaths- according to the data updated on June 13. Himachal Pradesh health department stated that there are 5,402 active cases. The overall death toll is 3,368.