With domestic flights set to resume from Hyderabad Airport on Monday, the Telangana government announced late on Sunday that the travellers need not undergo a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days unless they are symptomatic.
Official sources said that there is no quarantine for domestic passengers arriving in Hyderabad if they have no COVID-19 symptoms. They will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Domestic passengers arriving at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, except those with COVID-19 symptoms, will be allowed to proceed without any need to follow quarantine protocol.
Those found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID-19 health facilities.
The state government also said that buses of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) will not be available due to restrictions, but cabs can be booked from the airport. Those travelling after 7 pm, when the night curfew is in place, will be allowed to proceed if they show their ticket.
Adding some more info:â€” Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) May 24, 2020
1) TSRTC buses will not be operating buses from airport to city because of the RTC restriction in city limits.
2) Cabs will be available at the airport.
3) During night curfew, if you show the ticket you will allowed to head towards airport. #Hyderabad https://t.co/48j6TFe2kM
Sources said the same rules would also apply to people reaching the state through trains or by road.
Health minister Eatala Rajender held a telephonic review with the officials on the preparations for the domestic air passengers. The officials briefed him about the guidelines issued by the union ministry of health and family welfare.
The state government will follow the Centre's guidelines with regard to the international passengers. They will be in seven days institutional quarantine and seven days in home quarantine.
Pregnant women, people with prolonged ailments like cancer and those with bereavement in families will be directly sent to home quarantine.
However, all those in home quarantine will be under constant observation of the health staff. Those showing symptoms will be shifted to hospital.