Theatres, malls open, yet travellers from Kerala require RTPCR to enter Karnataka

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Bangalore: Despite Covid cases are declining in Kerala, Karnataka has not changed its protocols and restrictions on interstate travel. The neighbouring state continued to insist passengers arriving from Kerala, Maharashtra, and Goa carry an RTPCR negative test result. The government is not ready to reconsider the rule despite repeated demands from the public.

Check-posts continue to ask for the negative certificates. It is mandated that the passengers carry a certificate of RTPCR test taken within 72 hours. Only those with a negative certificate will be allowed to cross the state border.

Karnataka imposed restrictions on interstate travellers when the Covid-19 cases were raising in Kerala. Currently, there are no travel restrictions anywhere in the country except in Karnataka. Restrictions, including curfews, have been lifted in Karnataka as well. Further, the schools, colleges and cinema theatres are functioning normally. Yet those from neighbouring states are facing these restrictions.

In the meantime, those coming from Maharashtra are likely to be excluded from the restrictions soon. Experts from the Covid Technical Committee have advised the government to waive the RTPCR certificate requirement. But the government has not discussed the matter.

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