Shillong: The Meghalaya government is looking to bring back normalcy and trying to open the state in a phase-wise manner.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday informed that they discussed the Covid situation after seeing numbers come down considerably compared to the last two to three weeks.

“We have opened many activities and want more activities to be opened up and at the same time, we want normalcy to return. We are trying to streamline small areas where there was confusion regarding protocols issued by the health department or the Deputy Commissioner,” said Sangma.

Asked about concerns at Sohra to control the entry of tourists, Sangma said that the government has always been clear be it tourism or schools that local authority will have a lot of power to decide what they want to do.

“If they don’t want tourists to come they can close their tourism sector, no problem. Schools also: if they don’t want to open up, no one is going to force them,” said Sangma.

He added that they are just trying to open up in a phase-wise manner and give flexibility to those who want to open up. At the same time, they want to allow those who are not very comfortable with things opening the government is allowing the flexibility for them to chose not to open up.

It may be mentioned that the office of the Syiem (traditional head) has made a proposal to the state government for setting up such an entry point at Mawkdok for tourists from outside and within the state. The entry point will be to check the vaccination status of tourists before entering tourist destinations in Sohra.

The tourism sector opened up on September 1, allowing tourists from outside to visit but on a condition that only vaccinated tourists would be allowed.



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