Karnataka Health Protocol: Updated 25th August 2020

Karnataka Health Protocol: Updated 25th August 2020

No more compulsory quarantine, inter-state tourism screening
Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare Department) Jawaid Akhtar said the updated guidelines would refer to travellers from all States / Union Territories to Karnataka.

Anyone who flies from any other state to Karnataka must either be subjected to 14 days of compulsory quarantine or register for the Seva Sindhu portal, according to a revised government protocol order for travellers from other states.

The relaxation was revealed last week when the Home Office told States that “the inter-state and intra-state movement can not be limited,” as stipulated in Unlock-3 guidelines for 29 July.

Karnataka Health Protocol: Updated 25th August 2020

Officials of MHA then said that in the name of contouring the spread of the coronavirus, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu frequently sealed interstate or inter-district boundaries, resulting in disruption to supply chains in the entire country.

The new Guidelines will apply to travellers from all States / Union Territories in Karnataka, including commercial travellers, students, labour and transit travellers, irrespective of their destination, or their stay in the State, Jawaid Akhtar stated that they will adhere to revised guidelines.

The government of the State simultaneously directed the District Health Authority / BBMP to prepare information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns on the importance of self-reporting, self-insulation and COVID 19 symptomatic person testing for new travellers.

The guidelines for foreign travellers – including 14 days of mandatory domestic quarantine, Seva Sindhu’s registration site, safety screening and testing – shall, however, continue until a review by the Centre, as ordered by the 7th August, a confirmation from the Health Service official.

Latest Circular for Karnataka to ensure safety

Inter-state travellers entering Karnataka shall not:

  • Register on Seva Sindhu portal
  • Subjected to state boundaries, busses, train stations and airports medical checks.
  • Undergo screening at the receiving centres in the districts
  • 14 days of compulsory (home / institutional) quarantine
  • Get hand stamping done

Advice for individuals visiting Karnataka from other states:

In case the passengers are asymptomatic when arriving, they should:

  • Self-monitor themselves for 14 days for coronavirus symptoms like fever, cough, cold, throat pain, difficulty in breathing.
  • Seek medical consultation or call Apthamilra helpline 14410 in case symptoms appear.

“Else, people can report to work or perform their activities in the state without any other requirement,” Akhtar clarified.

Inter-state travellers are recommended to: If symptomatic upon arrival:

  • Self-isolation immediately and seek health advice without fail or call Apthamitra Helpline 14410.
  • Remember standard COVID- 19 measures such as mandatory face masks, 2 meter (or 6 feet) physical distance.
  • Practise regular handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer use, follow cough etiquette, while in public areas and workplaces.

Karnataka Health Protocol: Updated 25th August 2020

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