Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday said that consultations are being made with stakeholders over reopening of the tourism sector in a safe manner amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The tourism sector has suffered a lot and now we are trying to see if we can make some relaxations without increasing the risk and spread of COVID-19,” said Sangma.

Currently, the state government has allowed people to enter the state if they have been fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

So, the same yardstick can be used for tourists, too, in a limited manner, if there is an option, said Sangma.

Meanwhile, the CM has asked the deputy commissioners of all the districts to engage with the tourism department, tour operators and other stakeholders to see if the government can slowly start making some relaxations in the tourism sector.

Since many marriages had to be called off amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sangma has now authorised officials to look into the matter and discuss with religious groups as to how safety can be maintained and yet marriages can take place by maintaining the protocols.

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Since several people have been facing difficulties over the ban in inter-district travel, the chief minister said that this issue was also being examined.

“Many people faced a lot of difficulties. We feel that we can slowly start allowing inter-district travel. We have asked the DCs to discuss and look into that aspect. Commercial or private vehicle movement will lead to a lot of things happening, so it’s not very simple,” said Sangma.

He added that the government will be able to make more major decisions on COVID-19 relaxations by next week.

“There will be a slight increase in movement of commercial vehicles in Shillong. The orders will come out soon,” said Sangma.



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