The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently declared fresh guidelines for the phased reopening of several activities across the country and they come into force from today onwards i.e., September 1. Under these norms, entitled as 'Unlock 4.0', Metro Rail services will reopen soon while the ceiling of maximum persons for congregations and functions will be increased as well.
Moreover, all the states and Union Territories have been advised to stringently adhere to the inter state travel guidelines and intra state travel guidelines announced by the MHA. If any state or UT plans to amend the guidelines, they would have to discuss with the MHA or concerned central department first.
Here are Covid-19 new guidelines; new do's and dont's for flight and trains:
- Ticket sales will open closer to the flight dates. Don't expect to get early-bird discounts or block seat months in advance.
- Pack light. You can carry only one piece of cabin luggage and one check-in bag.
- Do pack a snack. Domestic flights don't provide food. Some long-haul flights offer snacks in sealed boxes. But no meals or hot beverages.
- Most domestic airlines issue online advisories on how early you should arrive for your flight. Panicked folk who land up four hours earlier will find it just adds to the crowds and queues.
- The plane will look different too. Instead of overhead bins which bear a risk of cross-contamination, cabin bags will now be stowed in special boxes under your seat.
A New Track
- On trains, it might be a cleaner ride than before.
- Important note for overnight journeys - bring your blanket. The AC coaches no longer provide bedding.
- Every train seat across coaches is labelled, leaving empty spaces so passengers can maintain social distancing. Follow these guidelines, for your safety and the safety of others.
- Aim to be at the platform at least 90 minutes before the train departs, so you're well in time for any thermal screenings, self-declaration form checks and disinfection procedures.
What To Wear
- You will likely be required to wear a face shield, in addition to a mask, through the journey.
- Take off clothes and shoes as soon as you enter your destination, put the clothes in the wash, and shower. These steps are recommended by the US Centers for disease control, for those in close contact with COVID-positive individuals.
How To Navigate
- There will likely be national and global certification to declare a service provider or a homestay as COVID-free.
- Expect to pay more. Add-on costs of sanitisation and extra precautions will likely drive prices up.