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Maharashtra Issues SOP For Domestic Air Travel, Only Asymptomatic Passengers Allowed Onboard

Though the domestic flight operations were started today across the country, the Maharashtra government has only allowed one-third of the flights to function.

Mumbai| The Maharashtra government today issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the domestic air travelers arriving in the state. Though the domestic flight operations were started today across the country, the Maharashtra government has only allowed one-third of the flights to function.

The guidelines say that passengers should be advised to install the contact tracing app Aarogya Setu on their phones. The passengers are also needed to furnish declarations stating that they do not reside in the containment zone, they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19, they are not under quarantine, they will immediately contact authorities if they develop symptoms, they have not tested positive for coronavirus in last two months.

The guidelines also informed authorities to make suitable announcements at the airports to follow social distancing normal and other precautions.

A nodal officer should be contacted by the airport authorities to provide the information on flights, passengers traveling, district, and areas the passengers belong to. Authorities will share the arrival date and planned destination of passengers with Nodal officers.

The state government has stressed on social distancing while boarding deboarding the flights.

Nodal officers are told to ensure that adequate teams for screening are available at the airport so that it doesn’t cause delays or chaos at the airport. The airport should also have a waiting area for passengers waiting to get screened.

Airport authorities are told to ensure that all passengers undergo thermal screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers should be allowed on the flight.

All passengers, staff, and crew are told to wear masks, and follow hand, respiratory and environmental hygiene.

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